ABOUT HARRY KERSLEY
Harry Kersley’s passion for singing began when he was just seven years old. Faced between the unusual choice of becoming a semi-professional rugby player or singing classical repertoire, it was Harry’s love for opera that eventually won out. He began his career in music in earnest under the tutelage of internationally renowned Mezzo-soprano, Sally Bruce-Payne. Herself a postgraduate of the Royal College of Music, London. In 2012 Harry was offered a place on the college’s Gap Year Experience Program, an opportunity only afforded to those who show exceptionally high levels of ability and the potential to progress to a professional career in music. During that time he studied with Justin Lavender, one of the UK’s most esteemed operatic and concert tenors. Having completed his foundation in classical training Harry is now in his final year of his Bachelor of Music specialising in performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. He is currently mentored under internationally acclaimed, award-winning tenor Dominic Natoli a former recipient of The Alfredo Kraus International Singing Competition and has appeared frequently throughout Europe, Australasia, Japan and America.
With his unique ability to blend the classical and contemporary Harry’s popular vocal stylings regularly feature at some of the country’s most prestigious concerts and charity events. He opened for the Child’s i Foundation’s black tie gala dinner at The Roof Gardens, Kensington supporting the important work to provide family homes for orphans in Uganda. He was also invited to perform at The Bet 365 arena in Stoke on Trent for The Boparan Charitable Trust a UK-wide charity which helps children with disabilities and life-limiting conditions. Additionally, Harry performs professionally at weddings and social occasions including previous performances at highly regarded venues including; 10 Downing Street (London), The 100 Club (London), The Ned (London), The Lansdowne Club (London), The Ritz Carlton (St Andrews, Sctoland) and The Maritim Hotel (Baklava, Maurtitius.)
Harry’s most memorable soloist experience took place in July, 2016 when he was invited to perform in London International Sinfonia’s production of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly at The Cadogan Hall, where he played the role of Prince Yamadori whilst covering the role of Pinkerton. This was an invaluable experience where he shared the stage with experienced professionals such as Peter Knapp, Bei Bei Wang, Alberto Sousa, Stephanie Lewis and Simon Thorpe. Further operatic experience involved the two roles of First Priest and First Armed man in Mozart’s Magic Flute performed by Wessex Opera as well as the role of Marco Polo in a production by Trinity of Judith Weir’s “A night at the Chinese opera.”
Harry has also performed Handel’s Messiah on two occasions for both Bird College and Shalford choral societies. To add to his professional oratorio repertoire he performed Maunder’s challenging Olivet to Calvary for Woodside Choral Society in Totton, Southampton. Moreover, Harry has been selected to sing in various master classes with highly esteemed professional opera singers such as James Gilchrist, Louise Crane and Louise Winter.
Aside from his studies at Trinity, Harry attended the Lingua del Canto summer school at Voci nel Montefeltro in Italy, presenting a multilingual learning environment. Singing under the highly esteemed Maestro Ubaldo Fabbri where he was able to deepen his understanding of the art of Bel Canto. The course culminated with a performance in the Novalfeltria Teatro Sociale, performing a medley of Italian song and opera including Questa o Quella from Verdi’s Rigoletto.
With Harry’s affable nature and his willingness to invest himself wholeheartedly in any project he takes part in, he’s not only an exceptional artist with a gifted voice but also a genuinely nice guy to be around.