Jamie Lonsdale & Friends

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Last Show: Monday 26 th November 2018

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

James Lonsdale is delighted to make his pheasantry debut tonight with special guests Maya-Nika Bewley, Mary-Jess Leaverland with Lyndall Dawson on piano. Jamie Lonsdale has performed in over 17 opera/musical/oratorio productions, including four productions at Grange Park Opera.   Singer, impresario, and song-writer, Jamie challenges himself to give audiences a fantastic fun entertaining evening whilst also supporting other singers, musicians and community choirs. His debut album – ‘A Journey’ is now available on iTunes, and Jamie’s first music video ‘I need you’ is available on Youtube. Ticket proceeds tonight will all be given to the Charity www.Glassdoor.org.uk, the charity for homeless people supported by churches and local volunteers.

For more information about Jamie visit www.Jamie-lonsdale.com


Lyndall Dawson

Lyndall Dawson trained as a repetiteur at the Guildhall and the National Opera Studio. She has worked for numerous opera and theatre companies in the UK and abroad, amongst them, BBC Proms, Opera Holland Park, ENO, ETO, Buxton Festival, Maria Callas Grand Prix and Sessions Strauss.  She has performed on live and recorded television and radio in both the UK (BBC2/ C4/ Radio 3) and Australia (ABC/ 2MBS-FM/ Channel 9).


 Lyndall has also been a musical director for a diverse range of productions for cruise lines, chamber ensembles and conservatoire projects. She is currently Head of Music at Mountview Academy where she works as a musical director, coach, tutor and mentor, training young actors and musical directors for the industry.


Maya-Nika Bewley

Maya-Nika Bewley is a recent graduate of the BA Acting (HONS) course at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Half Dutch, half Californian, she was raised on an eclectic mix of musical genres, but living in Northern California she grew up surrounded by some of the most fantastic Folk, Bluegrass and Americana that the State had to offer. She spent much of her childhood and teenage years singing in classical and jazz choirs as well as performing in Musical Theatre, but she always seemed to return to folk music. Music was put on a back burner when she decided to attend Drama School in London, but being in such a vibrant and musically diverse city, she is making a slow but steady comeback into the music world, and couldn’t imagine better company to share the stage with 

“If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing.” 

Sir James Barrie, Peter Pan


Mary-Jess Leaverland

Whilst studying Mandarin Chinese in China, Mary-Jess won, a singing competition live on Chinese TV with a viewing audience of 70 million people that the UK press called ‘The Chinese X Factor’. Shortly after, she released her début album ‘Shine’ which won both ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Newcomer’ from classical-crossover.co.uk.

Mary-Jess has toured with Russell Watson, performed with Sir Tim Rice and Don Black, sang to royalty in Windsor Castle, appeared on numerous national TV programs both in the UK and in China, and was chosen to sing the Downton Abbey theme tune.  She even performed at the FA Cup Final in Wembley Stadium singing 'Abide With Me' in front of a live audience of 90,000 people and a worldwide television audience of 300 million people.

Besides her own début record, she has featured on nine other albums: ‘Now That’s What I Call Classical’, two Downton Abbey albums, the Rugby World Cup ‘World in Union’ album, both the original album and the special edition of ‘Dare to Dream’ the UK Classical Number 1 album by Rebecca Newman, ‘Flying Happiness’ a Chinese compilation album and she sang Faith Hill’s ‘There You’ll Be’ for the Band of the H. M. Royal Marines' album ‘Summon the Heroes’ due to her family connections with the forces. This was then included on the album 'Music for Heroes'.

After singing at The GREAT Festival of Creativity in Shanghai, Mary-Jess was invited to Number 10 Downing Street where she was asked to become the next representative of The GREAT Britain Campaign, and so she now represents the UK in 144 countries around the world. She is also a 'Leading Light' of the UK–China Alumni Network, an initiative set up by the British Council in China to encourage links between the UK and China.

Mary-Jess is a member of the Royal British Legion Gloucester City Branch, patron of The Door Youth Project which help troubled, disengaged young people and their families, and she is an ambassador for Half the Sky, a charity that help orphaned and abandoned children in China.

Follow Mary-Jess on Twitter: @maryjessmusic.com

Visit Mary Jess’ Official Website: www.mary-jess.com