Born in the West Midlands, Jolyon is a member of the Opera Programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he studies with Scott Johnson. He began his opera studies on the Vocal Masters course at the Royal Academy of Music in London where he studied with Philip Doghan, James Baillieu & Robert Dean. A former choral scholar, Jolyon read French & Italian at the University of Oxford where he sang with Magdalen College Choir. He began singing aged nine as a chorister & choral scholar, touring and performing internationally with Worcester Cathedral Choir.
A versatile singer and actor, this year Jolyon has appeared as Sonora / La Fanciulla del West Wexford Festival Opera; Schaunard / La Bohème Clonter Opera; Christian Weiss / The Great Passion, written by James Runcie for the 70th anniversary of the Dartington International Festival; Valens / Theodora Britten-Pears YAP, conducted by Christian Curnyn and directed by Dame Sarah Connolly; and Aeneas / Dido & Aeneas with Woodhouse Opera, described in Opera Magazine as 'notably suave and firm'.
Roles in past productions have included Count Almaviva / Le nozze di Figaro for the Berlin Opera Festival; Bobinot / The Storm Helios Collective/ENO; Papageno / The Magic Flute Hampstead Garden Opera; Ronald / The Life to Come, a world premiere by Louis Mander with libretto by Stephen Fry for Surrey Opera; Marquis d’Obigny / La Traviata; Osman & Huascar / Les Indes Galantes; Polyphemus / Acis & Galatea; Giove / La Calisto; and Thésée Hippolyte et Aricie for Woodhouse Opera. Jolyon joined the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus in 2016 and the chorus of Opera Holland Park in 2017.
Increasingly active on the concert platform, Jolyon has performed as a soloist at the Aldeburgh Festival in works by Britten, Finzi, Walton & Bernstein and at Wexford Festival Opera in Handel's Dixit Dominus. Other engagements have included Jesus/Bass in Bach’s St John Passion for the Dartington International Festival; Dvorak’s Te Deum for Hitchin Festival; Bach’s St Matthew Passion for the Chipping Campden Festival; and Schubert’s Mass in G / Britten’s Cantata Misericordium with the Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra under Marcio da Silva. Future soli include Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Brahms’ Requiem and Liebeslieder Waltzes.
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 BOA and generous sponsorship from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Trust, The Perry Family 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. He has also 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 Laurent Pillot, Stephen Barlow, Judith Weir and ENO's Daniel Kramer.