Born in the West Midlands, Jolyon is a member of the Alexander Gibson Opera Studio at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and began his opera studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London. A former choral scholar, Jolyon read French & Italian at Magdalen College, Oxford and began singing as a chorister at Worcester Cathedral, touring and performing internationally with Worcester Cathedral Choir and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.
A versatile singer and actor, Jolyon’s appearances have included Sonora / La Fanciulla del West (Wexford Festival Opera); Schaunard / La Bohème (Clonter Opera); Christian Weiss / The Great Passion (Dartington International Festival); Valens / Theodora (Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme); Count Almaviva / Le nozze di Figaro (Berlin Opera Festival); and Papageno / The Magic Flute (Hampstead Garden Opera).
Other credits include Bobinot / The Storm (Helios Collective); Ronald / The Life to Come, a world premiere for Surrey Opera; Marquis d’Obigny / La Traviata (Opera Lyrica); Osman & Huascar / Les Indes Galantes (Benslow Music); Aeneas / Dido & Aeneas; Polyphemus / Acis & Galatea; Giove / La Calisto; and Thésée Hippolyte et Aricie, all for Woodhouse Opera. Jolyon joined the chorus for Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 2016 and Opera Holland Park in 2017.
At the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Jolyon has appeared in scenes as Owen Wingrave / Owen Wingrave and will sing Marco / Gianni Schicchi; Aeneas / Dido & Aeneas; Figaro / Le nozze di Figaro; and Joseph de Rocher (cover) in the UK premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. In opera scenes at the Royal Academy of Music he appeared as Guglielmo / Così fan tutte; Eugene Onegin / Eugene Onegin; and Count Robinson / Il matrimonio segreto.
On the concert platform, Jolyon has performed as a soloist at many festivals across the UK, including the Aldeburgh Festival; Wexford Festival Opera, in Handel Dixit Dominus; and the Dartington International Festival in Bach St Matthew Passion. Other engagements have included Dvorak Te Deum; Bach St John Passion; Bach Weinachtsoratorium; Schubert Mass in G and Britten Cantata Misericordium. Future concerts include Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes, Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs and Bach B Minor Mass in Glasgow, City Halls.
Jolyon is the grateful recipient of a number of awards and scholarships, including 1st Prize at The North International Music Competition, the Zenaida Nevsky Memorial Prize from the Berlin Opera Academy and generous sponsorship from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Trust, The Perry Family Foundation, The Elmley Foundation, Kate Sokoloff, Il Circolo Italian Cultural Association, The Mario Lanza Foundation, The Josephine Baker Trust, The Trevor Osborne Trust and The D'Oyly Carte Trust.
Jolyon has been fortunate enough to receive masterclasses from such celebrated singers as Gianni Maffeo, Dame Sarah Connolly, Bryan Hymel, Mark Stone, Sarah Walker (Oxford Lieder Festival), and Dame Felicity Lott (London Song Festival), as well as coachings from Rob Howarth, Laurent Pillot, Stephen Barlow, Judith Weir and ENO's Daniel Kramer.