Conductor, repetiteur and accompanist Kelvin Lim trained at the Royal College of Music and has worked for companies including: The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Glyndebourne, Opera Holland Park, Grange Park Opera, English Touring Opera, Longborough Festival, Northern Ireland Opera, Neville Holt, Iford Arts and British Youth Opera. He has been Co-Director of Postgraduate Opera since 2008 and Vocal Coach since 2015 at Trinity Laban, and has coached for ROH Jette Parker Young Artists and been Senior Vocal Coach for Morley College Opera. He was also conductor for Vox Integra’s Opera Course in Feltre, Italy 2018.
He has gained wide recognition in the Wagner repertoire as vocal coach, official accompanist for the Wagner Competition and recipient of the Bayreuth Bursary Prize. He has worked with Anthony Negus on all Wagner operas at Longborough since 2008. Kelvin has accompanied both Sir Thomas Allen and Sir John Tomlinson in recital, and accompanied Sir John Tomlinson and Stuart Skelton on Radio 3’s In Tune. He has collaborated with Nelly Miriciou, Sir John, Dame Anne Evans, Ludmilla Andrew and Susan Bullock coaching young singers, and has accompanied masterclasses given by Sir Antonio Pappano, Brigitte Fassbaender, Dame Gwyneth Jones, Dame Josephine Barstow, Nelly Miricioiu. Kelvin has performed at the Wigmore Hall, St Johns Smiths Sq, The London Coliseum and the Royal Festival Hall Clore Ballroom (the latter as musical director for Opera Forge for the Wagner 200 celebrations in 2013).
He has conducted: Carmen (ROH Education/English Pocket Opera at the Olympic Copperbox Arena); Samson et Dalila, The Turn of the Screw, Norma, Otello, La Fille du Regiment and Acis and Galatea, La boheme, Così fan Tutte, Amahl and the Night Visitors; and been Assistant Conductor for Der fliegende Holländer (Longborough Festival Opera) Don Giovanni, Un Ballo in Maschera (Winslow Hall); Albert Herring (cond. Steuart Bedford), Rape of Lucretia (Grimeborn); A Christmas Carol (Thea Musgrave-Trinity Laban). He was Chorus Master for: Opera Holland Park 2012, Chelsea Opera Group (Christmas Eve, Rimsky-Korsakov); The Mastersingers (Parsifal, Götterdämmerung), and Dorset Opera (Der fliegende Holländer, La traviata, Aïda, Fidelio).
Other Musical Director credits: The Rinse Cycle (Charing Cross Theatre); Samson et Dalila (Arcola Theatre-Grimeborn); I Pagliacci (Opera Up Close); Hänsel and Gretel (Kings Head Theatre); La Voix Humaine (Rosemary Branch Theatre); Le Nozze di Figaro (Dulwich Opera Company). Future engagements: cond Cavelleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci, Beatrice et Benedict (Aylesbury Opera), Die Walküre Longborough Festival Opera); Musical Director for: Madama Butterfly (Opera Up Close), i Capuleti e i Montecchi at Grimeborn 2019.