Jessica Friend, mezzo soprano, from the Cotswolds and based in South East Londo, trained on the vocal and operatic studies course at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. She is currently attending Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts training on their Musical Theatre Masters Course.
Since graduating, performances include the role of Ugly Step Sister in an 8 week tour with the Stage and Production House, Fantine in a Les Miserables Gala in Venice, the Baker's Wife in 'Into The Woods' at the Stratford Artshouse, Phoebe in 'Toad of Toad Hall' with The Bear Pit Theatre and Queen Elizabeth I at the Medieval Banquet Tower Hill.
Jessica performs as a solo artist and works as a musical director, vocal coach and workshop leader. Recently, she was the musical director for Stratford Musical Theatre Company's production of 'Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat'. In addition, Jessica works closely with Vox Integra, following vocal training in the UK and Europe, now working on their administration, marketing and social media.
Jessica is currently teaching singing at Stagecoach Dulwich.
In 2018, Jessica took her one woman show 'Cabernet' to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and continues to write songs and develop the script further. Her inspiration to write 'Cabernet' stems from her experience on the National Youth Theatre Epic Stages Course, of which she worked with Ned Bennett and Josh Azouz.
Cabernet by Jessica Friend. Taken to the Edinburgh Fringe 2018
"Friend's performance steals the show with her strong vocal ability and holds the audience in the palm of her hand as she provides comedy and deep emotion throughout..." - Andrew Exeter, Theatre Blogger
"Jessica Friend soundly stepped into the role of the Baker’s Wife, delivering a performance worthy of high merit and praise." - Lee.A.Holt