Bryan Kesselman AGSMD studied singing and piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is now focusing on his work as a Composer and Musical Director. He has sung with a number of opera companies as principal baritone, and has musically directed several productions of operas and musicals. His book Paddington Pollaky, Private Detective was published by the History Press in 2015.
In June 2016 Bryan was in Zimbabwe for the world premiere of his new choral work Zimbabwe Suite.
The British premiere took place at St John's Wood Church, London later the same year.
He has been commissioned several times to compose music for Bentley Priory, Headquarters of Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain.
Fighter Command and the Battle for Britain was first performed there in 2015, and RAF 100 in 2018.
In October 2009 Bryan and Philip Barnett founded the first Tonic Choir. There are now 4 Tonic choirs with a total of 300 members. The choir has performed at the South Bank Centre, the Roundhouse, Blenheim Palace and other venues. As baritone soloist, highlights include a performance of Bloch's Avodath Hakodesh at St Paul's Cathedral conducted by Yehudi Menuhin.
Musical studies were with the following:
At the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Singing: Walther Gruner, Rudolf Piernay, Neil Howlett; Piano: Mary Peppin; Musicianship & Conducting: Alan Hazeldine
Oliver Broome (singing); Richard Muncey (piano, theory and composition); Arthur Haley (theory and composition)
Opera Roles have included:
Dr Bartolo Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Papageno The Magic Flute, Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro, Dr Malatesta Don Pasquale, Macheath The Beggar’s Opera, Monsieur André The Phantom of the Opera, The Sacristan Tosca, Benoit and Alcindoro La Bohème, Colonel Frank Die Fledermaus, Dancairo Carmen, Ko-Ko The Mikado, Jack Point The Yeomen of the Guard, Sir Joseph Porter HMS Pinafore, Major General The Pirates of Penzance, The Learned Judge Trial by Jury
Bryan has appeared with the following companies:
Opera Europa (Holland Park Festival), Mid Wales Opera, I Commedianti, Opera Italiana, Opera West, Hatstand Opera (Covent Garden Festival), Opera Box, European Chamber Opera, Opera da Camera, Chelsea Opera Group, Grims Dyke Opera, The New Savoyards of London, Cameron Mackintosh Ltd, Opera Ireland, Wexford Festival Opera
Oratorio and Concert Repertoire include (as Baritone or Bass soloist):
Bach, JS — Magnificat in D, Cantatas: 80-Ein feste Burg, 131-Aus der Tiefe rufe ich, Herr, zu dir, 147-Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, 158-Der Friede sei mit dir, 212-Peasant Cantata
Beethoven — Mass in C, Choral Symphony
Bloch — Avodath Hakodesh (Sacred Service)
Fauré — Requiem
Handel — Messiah, Samson
Haydn — The Creation
Mozart — Missa Brevis in F, Missa in C (KV 258)
Pergolesi — Magnificat
Puccini — Messe di gloria
Rossini — Petite Messe Solenelle
Schubert — Psalm 92 Tov Lehodot
Bryan teaches singing in NW London.