Tchaikovsky – Eugene Onegin
Venue Cymru, Llandudno
Welsh National Opera
Tatyana Natalya Romaniw
Olga Claudia Huckle
Mme Larina Camilla Roberts
Filipyevna Liuba Sokolova
Lensky Jason Bridges
Onegin Gareth Brynmor John
Prince Gremin Miklós Sebestyén
Conductor Ainārs Rubiķis
Pakefield Singers present Mendelssohn’s oratorio ‘Elijah’ in Great Yarmouth Minster, Church Plain NR30 1NE at 7.30pm with soloists Jo Westaway Diana Moore Nick Allen and Gareth Brynmor John, chorus and orchestra conducted by Vetta Wise. Tickets £14 (16 & under free) from the Minster Café 10am to 2pm (12 noon Saturday) and ‘Take Note’ Music shop, Grove Road, Lowestoft. Seating unreserved doors open 6.45pm.
LIVE SONG RECITAL with Gareth Brynmor John (Baritone) with William Vann (piano).
Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel
Finzi Let us Garlands Bring
and other English Song
SATURDAY, 16th June 2018
Vaughan Williams – Five Mystical Songs
Elgar – Cello Concerto in E minor
Walton – Belshazzar’s Feast
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
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.
Saturday 2 December 2017 at 7.30pm
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.
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.
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).