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Borletti-Buitoni Trust

I first heard of the BBT Trust a couple of years ago through its support of such fine singers as Andrew Kennedy and Ronan Collett. When the Trust very kindly awarded me a fellowship though, I was soon made aware of the incredible support on offer to me. Having left the Royal Academy of Music four months earlier I was in that scary place known to all recent post graduates as "the real world" - a mysterious place where no schedule exists and the onus really is on the individual to work and to excel. The BBT award has made this world easier and taken away so many of the extraneous stresses and strains which all young musicians must endure. Being given the chance to organise singing lessons and coachings in preparation for my Glyndebourne debut last year, without worrying about how I was going to afford it, was simply invaluable. The space and time I have also been afforded by the BBT's support has meant that I have always been able to focus on doing the job once I am on stage. 1 year later the real world is a little less scary and I feel I have managed to get a sound footing thanks to the backing, practically and otherwise, of the BBT. With their continued support I am looking forward to seeing where on earth I will end up.

Allan Clayton"

Allan Clayton received support from BBT between 2008 and 2011, when this page was last updated. For an up to date biography visit

Allan Clayton was a chorister at Worcester Cathedral before going up to St John’s College, Cambridge on a choral scholarship and then postgraduate studies on the opera course at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was awarded an inaugural Sir Elton John Scholarship and a John Lewis Award. Allan Clayton was a member of the BBC New Generation Artists scheme between 2007-2009. He received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2008 and the John Christie Award after his highly successful debut in the title role of Albert Herring the same year at Glyndebourne Festival. In 2009 he was also nominated for both the RPS Young Artist award and the South Bank Show Breakthrough Award. On stage, Allan Clayton has enjoyed critical praise for his Benedict in Opera Comique’s production of Béatrice et Bénédict, for his Ferrando in the 2010 revival of Così fan tutte for Glyndebourne Festival and most recently for his Camille in Opera North’s production of The Merry Widow. Other roles have included Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), and Lampwick in Jonathan Dove’s opera Pinocchio for Opera North. Recent concert engagements have included his well-received debut with the New York Philharmonic in performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah with the Boston Handel and Haydn Society, and playing Cassio in a concert performance of Verdi’s Otello with the London Symphony Orchestra which has subsequently been released on the LSO Live label. His recordings include Handel’s Messiah for EMI, recorded live from King’s College Cambridge and released as a DVD and a live recording of Handel’s Joshua for the London Handel Society. Allan Clayton has given recitals at the Cheltenham Music Festival, the City of London Festival, Derry Song Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Perth International Arts Festival in Australia, the Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge and Cowdray Hall in Aberdeen. He will sing the roles of Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Castor (Castor and Pollux) for English National Opera during 2011 and also appear with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for a performance of Carmina Burana.

Last updated: January 2011

Photographs by Jack Liebeck

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View from the Piano - Song is the main thrust of my career
BBT Fellowship winner in 2012, pianist James Baillieu is the focus of a season-long series of concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall, 2015-2016.  Appearing with vocal and instrumental collaborators as well as formulating wide-ranging programmes, the series is also being documented on film by TallWall Media, supported by BBT.  In this first film, James - joined by regular partners countertenor Iestyn Davies and fellow-BBT artist, tenor Allan Clayton - prepares for the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Lorne ys my liking in December 2015, which James commissioned with funds from BBT, Wigmore Hall and others.

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