Biography of Ager Jeanette:
Jeanette Ager was born in Dorset and began singing at the age of 12. She was awarded an Exhibition to study at the Royal Academy of Music, also supported by the Michael James Music Trust. At the RAM she won many prizes, including the Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize, the Jennifer Vyvyan Scholarship for Singing, the Flora Nielson Prize for French, English and German Song, and the Helen Eames Prize for Early Music. She is now continuing her studies with Linda Esther Gray.
In 1996 she won the Gold Medal in the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition, and an award from the Tillett Trust Young Artist Platform. In June 1998 she won the Richard Tauber Prize for Singing at the Wigmore Hall. Her recent work has included: Handel's “Messiah” at St David's Hall, Cardiff; Elgar's "Dream of Gerontius" at Chichester Cathedral; Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis" at Truro and Exeter Cathedrals; and Tippett's "Child of our Time" at Salisbury Cathedral.
In oratorio she has performed widely, including Haydn's "St Nicholas" with the London Mozart Players and the Choir of St John's College Cambridge, Handel's "Messiah" in the Barbican Concert Hall and in Bermuda with the Bermuda Philharmonic Society, and "Judas Maccabaeus" at Winchester Cathedral. Her operatic work has included chorus for Glyndebourne Opera and solo roles for Kent Opera, Broomhill Opera and Diva Opera, with whom she has performed Cherubino in England, the Channel Islands and France.
For Hyperion Jeanette Ager has recorded five pieces by Lili Boulanger as mezzo soloist with the New London Chamber Choir conducted by James Wood. She was a soloist in a Deutsche Grammophon recording of three songs for women's choir by Ruth Crawford, called "To An Unkind God".