Mezzo Sopranos
Janet Shell

Prize winning mezzo soprano, Janet Shell studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and sang the very first note ‘live' in a recital on Classic FM. While she has sung for opera companies including Welsh National Opera, Opera North, English National Opera and for the Royal Opera House it is for her oratorio and recital singing that Janet is best known. Over the years, she has given many opera gala concerts for celebrated guests and Royalty.

Janet has had some unique experiences including singing for the Spice Girls and David Walliams; giving singing lessons to the late Errol Brown of Hot Chocolate fame; recording a Hip-Hop track; singing the national anthem on ice (carefully!) before an ice hockey match and singing at the first Royal wedding at Hampton Court Palace in 500 years.

In the past year, Janet has sung Elgar Dream of Gerontius, given a lecture-recital on her family ancestry, which was inspired by the discovery of the remains and subsequent burial of her Great Uncle from WW1 (the story made global headlines), Verdi Requiem, Ravel Sheherazade and Elgar Sea Pictures. In the summer of 2019 she recorded Duruflé Requiem with Guildford Cathedral Choir (due for release next year) and will sing two performances of Mendelssohn Elijah in 2020.

Janet teaches singing at St Paul's Girls' School and Eton College, coaches classroom teachers on their voice use and vocal health through her company Talking Voice, is a choral animateur, working with choirs on enhancing their performance techniques and overall sound.

Janet Shell

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  • “Janet Shell was a magnificent Angel, her fine voice rising to the heights of the cathedral vaults, in soothing smoothly-shapely phrases.”
    Ely Cathedral - Elgar (Dream of Gerontius)
  • “The velvet-like quality of Janet Shell’s lower register opened the Pie Jesu and blended perfectly with the violas and cellos of the orchestra.”
    Hertford Choral Society - Duruflé (Requiem)
  • “Solo high points included Janet Shell’s expressive scena from Donizetti’s 'La favorita'. ”
    Opera Gala
  • “… as was the mezzo soloist, Janet Shell. I shall long remember her delivery of 'Thou hast forestalled the agony, and so for thee bitterness of death is passed'.”
    Oxford Harmonic Society - Elgar (Dream of Gerontius)