Bryan Kesselman AGSMD studied singing and piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is now focusing on his work as a Composer and Musical Director. He has sung with a number of opera companies as principal baritone, and has musically directed several productions of operas and musicals. His book Paddington Pollaky, Private Detective was published by the History Press in 2015.
In June 2016 Bryan was in Zimbabwe for the world premiere of his new choral work Zimbabwe Suite.
The British premiere took place at St John's Wood Church, London later the same year.
He has been commissioned several times to compose music for Bentley Priory, Headquarters of Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain.
Fighter Command and the Battle for Britain was first performed there in 2015, and RAF 100 in 2018.
In October 2009 Bryan and Philip Barnett founded the first Tonic Choir. There are now 4 Tonic choirs with a total of 300 members. The choir has performed at the South Bank Centre, the Roundhouse, Blenheim Palace and other venues. As baritone soloist, highlights include a performance of Bloch's Avodath Hakodesh at St Paul's Cathedral conducted by Yehudi Menuhin.
Musical studies were with the following:
At the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Singing: Walther Gruner, Rudolf Piernay, Neil Howlett
Piano: Mary Peppin
Musicianship & Conducting: Alan Hazeldine
Oliver Broome (singing)
Richard Muncey (piano, theory and composition)
Arthur Haley (theory and composition)