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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Guildford Choral Society and Chichester Singers – Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs

SATURDAY, 16th June 2018
Guildford Cathedral

Vaughan Williams – Five Mystical Songs
Elgar – Cello Concerto in E minor
Walton – Belshazzar’s Feast

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Leith Hill Musical Festival – Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs

The programme will include:

Beginning of concert: National Anthem
Main works: Vaughan Williams – Five Mystical Songs
John Rutter – Mass of the Children
Madrigal: Stephen Chatman – Golden slumber kiss your eyes
Upper voices: Janet Wheeler – The Deadwood Stage
Lower voices: Arnold Foster – O Sally, my dear
Part song: Bob Chilcott – The Lily and the Rose
Ensemble: Purcell – O God, the King of Glory
End of Concert: arr. Vaughan Williams – God be with you till we meet again

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Ulster Orchestra – Brahms Requiem

FRIDAY 30 MARCH 2018, 7.45pm

£10 – £29

Schubert Symphony No.8 Unfinished

Brahms A German Requiem

Jonathan Darlington CONDUCTOR

Elin Pritchard SOPRANO

Gareth Brynmor John BARITONE

Stephen Doughty CHORUSMASTER

Belfast Philharmonic Choir

Schubert’s Unfinished is a masterful piece of writing, the two movements so perfectly balanced it’s difficult to imagine how he could have created two more. The first movement is tragic, the second balances some of the most tender music Schubert ever wrote with angry, jagged outbursts. It’s a piece that is wracked with emotional turmoil, so it’s fitting that the second half of this concert brings music to spiritually console.

Brahms used not Latin liturgy, but text from the Lutheran Bible for his Requiem and placed the emphasis in this work on comfort for those in mourning. The result is A German Requiem; perhaps the central work in Brahms’s output and a work that is gentle and incredibly human. Written in 1865, it was prompted by Brahms’ own extreme personal loss: his mother had died the very same year he wrote the piece. Let this wonderful concert bring peace and time for reflection amidst the joy of Easter.

Brahms’s Requiem at Easter

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Carmina Burana – York University Choir

University Choir
Saturday 2 December 2017 at 7.30pm
Central Hall
Gareth Brynmor John baritone
Nicky Losseff, Mark Hutchinson pianos
Peter Seymour conductor
Orff Carmina Burana
Lambert The Rio Grande
Carmina Burana has enjoyed enormous popularity ever since its premiere in 1937, particularly in this arrangement for two pianos and six percussionists. The medieval texts, and Orff’s music, focus on the cycle of the turning wheel of fortune, dancing via the tavern, much gluttony and the Court of Love on the way. We are delighted to welcome Gareth Brynmor John, winner of the 2013 Kathleen Ferrier Award, in the demanding baritone role. Constant Lambert’s setting of a poem by Sacheverell Sitwell combines jazz, ragtime and Brazilian influences with a traditional English choral sound and revels in the composer’s fascination with the exotic.

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CUMS Chorus – Israel in Egypt

Following its triumphant Saffron Hall debut in 2016 with Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Cambridge University Symphony Chorus returns to present Handel’s monumental oratorio Israel in Egypt.

Borrowing unashamedly from his own work, and parodying many other composers along the way, Handel sets out the great biblical story of the Israelites’ delivery from captivity in Egypt, led by Moses through a divided Red Sea after plagues of insects, disease and death.

Under the direction of Richard Wilberforce, the Chorus is delighted to be collaborating once again with the East Anglia Chamber Orchestra, and welcomes a fine array of soloists to Saffron Hall.

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A Housman Dichterliebe

Gareth Brynmor John – Baritone, Nigel Foster – Piano
Speaker – Gabirel Woolf

Schumann’s great cycle of love and loss, combined with readings of A E Housman’s later poems, which reveal his struggles with his sexuality that he could never express. These poems are less well known than his Shropshire Lad, but are arguably more intense and personal. Sung by baritone Gareth Brynmor John, winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award 2010, with speaker Gabriel Woolf, best known for his portrayal of Sir Percival in the 1953 film Knights of the Round Table, and Sutekh in the 1975 Doctor Who serial Pyramids of Mars, and Nigel Foster (piano).

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Sea Symphony – Salisbury Musical Society

Vaughan Williams
Vaughan Williams: Sea Symphony
Parry: Lady Radnor Suite
Chelsea Opera Group Orchestra
Saturday 18 November 2017
Salisbury Cathedral

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Carmina Burana – Guildford Cathedral

Carmina Burana (Carl Orff)
Venue: Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, GU2 7UP

Date: Saturday 19 August 2017 Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: Adults £15 Children (Under 16) and Students: £5

Primitive. Powerful. Passionate.

Online booking subject to a 5% booking fee per ticket (capped at £5 per transaction)

Carmina Burana in Guildford Cathedral. The South of England Festival Chorus is, in effect, a large national and international choir drawn from members of the annual residential Cranleigh Choral Week , based at Cranleigh School. Accompanied by a professional orchestra, SEFCHO’s programme also includes Elgar’s The Music Makers.

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Faure Requiem – Tiffin Boys’ Choir

The Tiffin Boys’ Choir is celebrating its 60th anniversary in a choral concert at all Saints Church, Kingston, which will be recorded by Classic FM. Repertoire includes Fauré Requiem with ex-Tiffinian, Gareth Brynmor John and the Brandenburg Sinfonia. Further details can be found on the Choir’s website

This event is generously supported by Russell Cooke, solicitors.

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Walton Belshazzar’s Feast – Durham Brass

Paul Leddington Wright Conductor
Gareth John Baritone
Durham BRASS Festival Chorus
Michael Summers Chorus Master
Alison Gill Accompanist
Northern Spirit Singers
Coventry Cathedral Chorus
The Reg Vardy Band
Parry I Was Glad
Ireland Downland Suite (2nd Movement)
Walton Crown Imperial
Vaughan Williams Prelude: 49th Parallel
Holst Jupiter from ‘The Planets’
Walton Belshazzar’s Feast
(Arranged for brass band, baritone solo and chorus by Steve Robson,
commissioned by Durham BRASS Festival)

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