Bryan Kesselman AGSMD studied singing and piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. 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. In 2015 his book Paddington Pollaky, Private Detective was published by the History Press.

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 on 27 July.

Bryan and
Philip Barnett perform as Entertaining People. In October 2009 they started the first Tonic Choir. Tonic is a totally open access choir with no auditions and no requirement for members to be able to read music. There are now 4 Tonic choirs with a total of 350 members. The choir has performed in a number of venues including the South Bank Centre, the Roundhouse and Blenheim Palace. They are Composers in Residence at Bentley Priory, Headquarters of Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. Their composition Fighter Command and the Battle for Britain was performed there in September 2015, to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, and further pieces have been commissioned for performance in 2017 and 2018.

More complete list of works

Bryan has sung in many major UK concert venues, including the Royal Albert Hall; the Royal Festival Hall; the Queen Elizabeth Hall; The Purcell Room; St Martin in the Fields; St John, Smith Square and St George’s, Bristol. He has appeared with many opera companies including Hatstand Opera, European Chamber Opera, Opera da Camera, Opera Europa, Opera Box, DGOS Opera Ireland, and Wexford Festival Opera. 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

also with:
Oliver Broome (singing)
Richard Muncey (piano, theory and composition)
Arthur Haley (theory and composition)

Bryan was born in Bushey, Hertfordshire, and has been Resident Composer for
Hatstand Opera, Director of Music for Middlesex New Synagogue, Harrow, and visiting Musical Director for Bournemouth Reform Synagogue.

On safari in Zimbabwe

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