Jolyon Loy was born in April 1990 and began singing at the age of 9 as a chorister at Worcester Cathedral. During his time there, he was lucky enough to perform in numerous concerts, broadcasts, CD recordings and tours; twice to the USA - once to New York and once to Texas (Memphis, Dallas, Little Rock, Tyler, Galveston, Austin, Houston) and twice to Germany (Berlin, Leipzig and Magdeburg). Notable performances with the choir include participation in a total of six 3 Choirs Festivals, Songs of Praise in 2001 and a performance in front of the Queen for her Golden Jubilee Concert in 2002 at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.
After a brief spell as a chorister at Birmingham Cathedral in 2000, Jolyon returned to Worcester cathedral choir in 2001 and was regularly chosen to perform as a soloist with the City of Birmingham Choir and Symphony Orchestra. Performances include Haydn's 'The Heavens are telling' in 2003 at Worcester cathedral, Mendelssohn's 'Hear my prayer' and Fauré's 'Pie Jesu' as part of his Requiem at Tewkesbury Abbey with organist Adrian Partington in 2004. Other performances at Symphony Hall under Adrian Lucas include Mendelssohn's 'Elijah' in 2002 with soloists Sarah Fox and Lynton Atkinson, the Duruflé Requiem in 2003 with organist Thomas Trotter and Benjamin Britten's 'A Requiem for War' with soloists Julie Cooper, James Gilchrist and Peter Savidge in 2004. In the same year, Jolyon also performed Schubert's 'Ave Maria' at Worcester cathedral's 'The Big Event' - a fundraiser for the cathedral's music and light appeal.
In 2004, he was promoted to the role of Head Chorister, a position he held until the end of his choristership in 2005. After his voice broke, Jolyon took one year to focus on his GCSEs but continued his keen participation in musical life at school, taking part in various musical stage productions including 'Oklahoma!' and 'Me and My Girl' as well as three school orchestras and two school choirs, with whom he toured to Lisbon, Barcelona and Prague.
During this time he also became a member of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain under Mike Brewer and Sir David Wilcocks, winning a place in 2005 and performing concerts in venues all around the country including Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Llandaff Cathedral and Coventry Cathedral and most notably at Symphony Hall for the world premiere of Eric Whitacre's 'The Stolen Child' alongside the King's Singers.
Jolyon returned to Worcester Cathedral Choir in 2007 as a Baritone choral scholar, performing in another 3 Choirs festival and going on tour to Vienna, Austria. In 2008, whilst completing his A levels, he was awarded a choral scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford University to read French & Italian. The choir sings six chapel services a week in addition to regular concerts, radio broadcasts and CD recordings and recently enjoyed a tour to Belgium and Holland.
Jolyon is currently in his final year, having spent a year abroad in Rome performing as part of the New Chamber Singers and as a soloist in works such as Purcell's 'Rejoice in the Lamb', 'Libera Me' from Fauré's Requiem and Cornelius' 'The Three Kings'.
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