Decca Classics is proud to announce the signing of three extraordinary artists to the label: saxophonist Jess Gillam, lyric dramatic soprano Lise Davidsen and composer Rebecca Dale. All three were unveiled at a special event in London’s St Pancras Renaissance Hotel last night, where invited guests were treated to superb performances from Lise and Jess, as well as a taster of Rebecca’s newly-recorded Requiem.

Each of the three young artists are making great strides in their growing careers. 19-year old Jess, who rose to fame on BBC Young Musician 2016, becomes the first saxophonist to sign exclusively to Decca Classics, while Rebecca Dale becomes the label’s first female composer, and Norwegian Lise Davidsen – winner of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition – takes her place among the great voices to record for the historic label.

Dr. Alexander Buhr, Managing Director of Decca Classics, said: “We are excited and honoured to have Lise, Jess and Rebecca join the label – three inspiring young women whose talent, creativity and sheer passion for music is remarkable. They will all forge their own individual paths in their respective fields and Decca is proud to be partnering with them.”

Rebecca Allen, President of Decca Records Label Group, added: “We’re so proud to welcome these three unique artists to Decca. They are blazing a trail for women in music and it’s a privilege to support them.”

The trio of new signings comes at an exciting time for Decca Classics. Earlier this year cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason became the biggest-selling British debut of the year, in any genre, with his chart-topping album, ‘Inspiration’ – and this weekend he will perform for a global audience of millions at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The label is also celebrating major milestones for some of its most distinguished artists: Renée Fleming approaches 25 years on Decca; Cecilia Bartoli reaches 30 years; and Riccardo Chailly celebrates an incredible 40 years. These long-lasting relationships are testament to the label’s dedication and ongoing support for its artists.

Alongside these renowned Decca artists, there is a diverse roster of top-flight musicians who continue to push boundaries in classical music, performing in concert halls and opera houses around the world to critical acclaim. From Joseph Calleja’s exhilarating ‘Verdi’ album to Ray Chen’s forthcoming Decca debut ‘The Golden Age’, there is no shortage of thrilling recordings from Decca Classics in 2018 – and there is plenty more to come!


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