Winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award, baritone Gareth Brynmor John studied at Cambridge University, Royal Academy of Music and National Opera Studio.

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New Paths Festival 2021

Once again we are welcoming a team of exceptional musicians. We have a world premiere and some fascinating speakers lined up, as well as some wonderful opportunities for young musicians in the area. The programme celebrates the 1300th birthday of the town of Beverley, the 40th birthday of the Humber Bridge, and American music for Independence Day (a day or two early!).

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Foreign affairs

Thursday 1st July / 8pm – 9:15pm £15 / Toll Gavel United Church

Beamish: Penillion
Poulenc: Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon
Barber: Cello Sonata
Britten: Folksongs
Music by Vaughan Williams, Hahn and Tann

Composers have long been inspired by places other than their own. Britten’s lifelong habit of arranging folksongs began with his time in America; conversely Barber’s brooding, powerful Cello Sonata stems from the American composer’s time in Europe.
Cellist Tim Lowe makes a welcome return to the festival and joins Libby Burgess for this major work. Sally Beamish’s Penillion for solo viola makes an evocative journey to Wales, and is performed by Rosalind Ventris, one of the leading lights of the viola world.
Songs by Poulenc and Hahn, and chamber music by Welsh composer Hilary Tann, take us to Venice, Florence,and war-torn France, whilst Vaughan Williams’ rarely performed
The Last Invocation explores our own, final, journeys.

Anna Cavaliero soprano
Gareth Brynmor John baritone
Claire Wickes flute
Tim Crawford violin
Rosalind Ventris viola
Tim Lowe cello
Libby Burgess piano

By the dawn’s early light

Saturday 3rd July / 11am – 12:10pm £15 / Toll Gavel United Church

Fauré: Dolly Suite
Copland: Duo for flute and piano
Higdon: Pale Yellow
Saint-Saëns: The Swan
Songs by Saint-Saëns and Copland

Libby Burgess and renowned pianist James Baillieu join forces for the first of their two duet appearances today, Fauré’s beloved, sunny Dolly Suite. The young Aaron Copland was a great admirer of the elderly Fauré’s music, and we hear songs from Simple Gifts to Ching-a-Ring Chaw from the American composer, as well as his expansive, brilliant Duo for flute and piano.
Flautist Claire Wickes joins baritone Gareth Brynmor John for Saint-Saëns’ beguiling Une flûte invisible; Saint-Saëns was Fauré’s teacher and mentor, and this is his centenary year. Representing a more recent generation of American composers is Jennifer Higdon, whose short, evocative Pale Yellow piano trio offers a moment of repose.

Gareth Brynmor John baritone
Claire Wickes flute
Fenella Humphreys violin
Tim Lowe cello
James Baillieu piano
Libby Burgess piano

Revels ended

Saturday 3rd July / 8pm – 9:15pm £15 / Toll Gavel United Church

Britten: Canticle IV – Journey of the Magi
Saint-Saëns: Violons dans le soir
Piazzolla: Oblivion
Schubert: Notturno
Britten: Canticle II – Abraham and Isaac
Songs by Purcell and Saint-Saëns

In medieval Beverley, the annual procession of mystery plays captured the imaginations of the whole town. Britten sets two mystery play texts amongst his canticles – colourfully exploring the behind-the-scenes reality of the wise men’s journey from the east, and heart-stoppingly depicting the story of Abraham, called by God to sacrifice his own son.
The night-time theme of the magi journey is picked up in Purcell’s radiant Evening Hymn and Schubert’s sublime piano trio Notturno.A more sultry nocturnal mood is captured in Piazzolla’s tango, marking the Argentinian composer’s centenary, and for this we’re delighted to welcome back to New Paths violinist Fenella Humphreys.
Former RSC and West End actor Richard Avery interleaves the music with short spoken word declamations – a true reflection of the town’s mystery play heritage.

William Towers countertenor
Joshua Ellicott tenor
Gareth Brynmor John baritone
Fenella Humphreys violin
Cara Berridge cello
Libby Burgess piano
Richard Avery actor

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Carmina Burana

Armonico Consort’s choir and orchestra will unite with international Soprano Lucy Crowe, Baritone, and Kathleen Ferrier Award winner, Gareth Brynmor John, and the AC Academy choirs for this performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

From the explosive opening to sublime melodies, Carmina Burana has cemented itself in musical history since its first performance in 1937. Based on 24 poems from the medieval collection of the same name, the work explores the delights, unpredictability and excesses of life. Carl Orff’s unforgettable work will be performed alongside Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, itself a great masterpiece demonstrating the composers brilliance in writing from dances to exquisite melodies. Click below for more information and tickets.

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The Life of Peter Warlock in Song



This wonderful programme presents a loosely biographical account of Peter Warlock through his songs, and those of his friends and contemporaries, Bax, Delius and Moeran.

Part of the English Music Festival 2021.

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PETER WARLOCK: A Lake and a Fairy Boat
PETER WARLOCK: Wind from the West

FREDERICK DELIUS: Five Songs from the Norwegian

PETER WARLOCK: Take, O take those lips away
PETER WARLOCK: The Cloths of Heaven

ARNOLD BAX: The White Peach
ARNOLD BAX: Shieling Song
ARNOLD BAX: A Milking Sian

PETER WARLOCK: When as the Rye
PETER WARLOCK: Mourne no more
PETER WARLOCK: There is a Lady
PETER WARLOCK: Sweet Content


E.J. MOERAN: Seven Poems by James Joyce

PETER WARLOCK: Rest, sweet Nymphs
PETER WARLOCK: Hey Trolly Lolly
PETER WARLOCK: Ha’nacker Mill
PETER WARLOCK: My own Country
PETER WARLOCK: Belloc’s Fancy
PETER WARLOCK: Captain Stratton’s Fancy

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Stephen Dodgson: Cadilly


Ralph Vaughan Williams Ten Blake Songs

Stephen Dodgson Gypsy Songs

Stephen Dodgson Cadilly

notes / bio

Stephen Dodgson’s short opera Cadilly is based on a story from W. H. Barrett’s Tales from the Fens, with libretto by David Reynolds. The story tells the tale of the promiscuous protagonist Anna Marie Cadilly’s escape from the gaol with the help of her crafty family and simpleton Silly Billy, the finest skater in the fens. Originally set for the unusual forces of six soloists, chorus and wind quintet, this concert version of the piece is performed by four singers and wind quintet.

Cadilly is preceded by two sets of English songs for voice and winds. Gypsy Songs are settings of four Jacobean poems by Ben Johnson, commissioned as a wedding gift by George Villiers, First Duke of Buckingham. Written for the 1958 film “The Vision of William Blake”, and hailed by Grove Music as “a masterpiece of economy and precision”, Ten Blake Songs was one of the last compositions of Vaughan Williams.

Since 2012 the Magnard Ensemble has built a reputation for delivering both high quality concert performances and dynamic educational projects. The Ensemble made their international debut at the Culture & Convention Centre Lucerne, Switzerland in January 2017 and have appeared at venues such as Wigmore Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields, as well as festivals and concert societies nationwide.

The players all follow their own professional performing careers, appearing as soloists, chamber musicians and with orchestras including London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, the BBC orchestras, and major UK opera orchestras.

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Messiah: Collegium Musicum London

Handel Messiah Live Online

Monday 14 December, 7:30pm

Collegium Musicum of London
Temple Players
Greg Morris director
Grace Davidson soprano
David Allsopp alto
James Way tenor
Gareth Brynmor John bass
Handel Messiah

This is a live streamed performance of our sold-out Messiah concert in the Temple Church. It will only be available to view as the concert is happening.

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Messiah: Yorkshire Bach Choir

Handel: Messiah

with Yorkshire Baroque Soloists

Tickets £28 (£26 Concessions, £6 Under 35s)

Bethany Seymour soprano, Helen Charlston alto

Gwilym Bowen tenor, Gareth Brynmor John bass

with Yorkshire Baroque Soloists

Messiah is essential listening for the festive season. Yorkshire Bach Choir is joined by an outstanding team of solo singers alongside the energy and skill of Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, our partner early instrument ensemble. Returning to this much loved music with fresh eyes, we will echo Handel’s London performances from the last decade of his life, including some rarely heard versions of certain movements. The musical highlight of any Christmas!

In association with York Early Music Christmas Festival.

Please note this concert takes place at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York.

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Messiah: The Temple Music Foundation

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John Rutter’s Christmas Celebration

John Rutter Conductor
Gareth Brynmor John Baritone
James McVinnie Organ
The Temple Church Choir
The Purcell Singers
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Your Christmas treat truly awaits with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra in Partnership at Fairfield Halls, and John Rutter, in a concert that is guaranteed to lift the festive spirits. One of the nation’s favourite modern composers presents and conducts his own popular works and arrangements, with beautiful symphonic and choral classics and sing-a-long carols.

Joined by the renowned Temple Church Choir and the musically ‘immaculate’ (LA Times) organist James McVinnie, there’s nowhere better to make sure your Christmas is well and truly underway.

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BBC Philharmonic: Elgar The Kingdom

This evening, the BBC Philharmonic and conductor David Hill join forces with a distinguished cast of soloists for Elgar’s biblical oratorio The Kingdom – continuing the narrative of the lives of Jesus’s disciples.


BBC Philharmonic

Jane Irwin, mezzo soprano

Carolyn Sampson, soprano

Ed Lyon, tenor

Gareth Brynmor John, baritone

Leeds Philharmonic Chorus

David Hill, conductor

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BSO: Brahms Requiem

Vocal Jewels by Elgar and Brahms

Radio 3 in Concert

David Hill celebrates the synthesis between voice and orchestra in a programme that brings together two leading romantic figures, Edward Elgar and Johannes Brahms. Marking his tenth anniversary as the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Associate Guest Conductor, tonight’s concert opens with Elgar’s only song cycle, Sea Pictures, sung by Jennifer Johnston. The text uses five poems, each one by a different author, to explore the fragility of man facing the depths of the sea, with the colours of the orchestral accompaniment evoking the ocean’s changing moods. In the second half, the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and soloists Emma Bell and Gareth Brynmor John join the orchestra to perform Brahms’ A German Requiem. Begun in the wake of his friend Schumann’s death, and standing as a musical memorial to his mother, Brahms selected passages from Martin Luther’s translation of the bible to create his own texts. The result is an uplifting and deeply human work that carries a message of hope and comfort to the living.

Presented by Martin Handley, live from the Lighthouse, Poole

Elgar: Sea Pictures, Op 37
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
David Hill, (conductor)
Jennifer Johnston, (mezzo-soprano)

Haydn: Piano Sonata in C major, Hob XVI 50
Paul Lewis, piano

Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Op 45
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
David Hill, (conductor)
Emma Bell, (soprano)
Gareth Brynmor John, (baritone)
Bournemouth Symphony Chorus

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