Jayne May-Sysum



‘Music does not excite until it is performed’

Benjamin Britten

Across the UK in 2013 there were celebrations of the life and works of Benjamin Britten. The above quotation from the man himself encapsulates the essence of what Jayne’s audiences find so engaging in her concerts. Here is a singer widely recognised as a true performer, immersing herself in the music which it is her obvious delight and privilege to sing. Audiences are left in no doubt that Jayne is a performer who absorbs every note and nuance and who is able to communicate the same, with energy and passion, to her listeners.

“A confident performance by gifted singer. With well-founded confidence and an open personality, she has the acting ability to underline …. every emotion she sang about.”
(Eastern Daily Press 17th January 2011)

“Her tone was full yet delicate …..Once again, Jayne’s voice was the perfect instrument in terms of style and execution…..Her ability to move between registers and to execute the decorative motifs was astonishing, and the beauty of her voice was breath taking.”

(Review: A VIRTUAL TOUR OF BAROQUE BRITAIN with Norwich Baroque,
Norwich Central Baptist Church, 15th June 2013)

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Esteemed musicologist,
Simon Heighes, with Jayne following the above concert performance.


Jayne May-Sysum graduated from the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff and then went on to study with the world renowned soprano, April Cantelo. Jayne acknowledges her indebtedness to this remarkable singer and teacher.

She has appeared in major concert venues including St John’s, Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Symphony Hall, Birmingham and Gloucester Cathedral. Among the orchestras Jayne has worked with are Vivaldi Concertante, Norwich Baroque, Norwich Pops Orchestra and Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra. Regularly engaged as soloist for choral and oratorio programmes, her extensive repertoire includes Carl Orff
Carmina Burana, Mendelssohn Elijah, Vivaldi Gloria, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, Mozart Requiem, Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, Haydn The Seasons, Mozart Vesperae solennes de confessore and many others. The esteemed Schubert Institute (UK) also engaged Jayne to perform a concert of Schubert Lieder at The Octagon Chapel, Norwich. In January 2014 she was once again with the outstanding Norwich Baroque orchestra. Among the dates for 2014, Jayne will be appearing in Binham Priory with Harpist Brian Davis as part of the Summer Concert Series in August. In September, she will be singing with Norwich Pops Orchestra at Mannington Hall for an evening of operetta and music from the shows. That same month, she will also be appearing again with the South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band at The Corn Hall in Diss and in November she will return for a fourth year to sing with RAF Honington Band at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds.

A versatile performer at home with a variety of repertoire, Jayne also presents recital programmes including music from opera, operetta and song and musicals. She has toured with a number of theatre shows and also works with The John Whitehead Trio, performing many of the great jazz standards.

The diary is booked well into 2014 and beyond so please do refer to this website for forthcoming news. Details of Jayne’s new recording In Reflective Mood are also on the website.

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For engagement enquiries;

Tel: 07939 607048
E mail: jaynemaysysum@aol.com