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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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London Choral Sinfonia: Faure Requiem

The London Choral Sinfonia presents a foray into French music, both sacred and secular. Starting in Paris at Notre Dame Cathedral with Pierre Cochereau’s grand improvised Gigue, we travel to the Auvergne to hear six of Joseph Canteloube’s folk song arrangements in a pared-down format for soprano and piano.

Following a series of choral arrangements of favourite mélodies by Fauré, Debussy, Saint-Saëns and Hahn, we will return to Paris to perform Fauré’s incomparable Requiem, scored for chamber forces.

Don’t miss the chance to hear this delightful selection of Gallic music of the 20th Century.

6.30pm: Free pre-concert recital in association with Guildhall School of Music and Drama.


Cochereau Gigue from ‘Suite des Danses’
Canteloube Chants d’Auvergne:
– L’antoueno (Book 2)
– Pastourelle (Book 2)
– L’aio de rotto (Book 1)
– Bailero (Book 1)
– Passo pel prat (Book 3)
– Malurous qu’o uno fenno (Book 3)
Debussy (arr. Wikeley) Beau soir
Fauré Madrigal
Fauré (arr. Wikeley) Chanson d’amour
Saint-Saëns Calme des nuits
Saint-Saëns Les fleurs et les arbres
Hahn (arr. Wikeley) A Chloris

~ Interval ~

Fauré Requiem


Kim-Lillian Strebel soprano
Gareth Brynmor John baritone
London Choral Sinfonia
Michael Waldron conductor

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The Indian Queen

The Indian Queen

Semi-opéra de Henry Purcell (1659–1695) créé en 1695 sur un livret d’après
John Dryden et Robert Howard

Direction musicale Emmanuelle Haïm
Mise en scène Guy Cassiers
Décors Tim Van Steenbergen
Costumes Tim Van Steenbergen et Mieke Van Buggenhout
Lumières Fabiana Piccioli
Vidéo Frederik Jassogne
Photos Narciso Contreras
Dramaturgie Erwin Jans
Assistant à la direction musical James Halliday
Chef de chant Benoît Hartoin
Assistant à la mise en scène Benoît De Leersnyder
Assistant vidéo Bram Delafonteyne


Zoë Brookshaw soprano
Anna Dennis soprano
Rowan Pierce soprano
Carine Tinney soprano
Ruairi Bowen ténor
Hugo Hymas ténor
Nick Pritchard ténor
Gareth Brynmor John baryton
Tristan Hambleton baryton-basse

Christopher Ettridge L’Inca
Elisabeth Hopper Orazia
Gareth Brynmor John Ismeron
Julie Legrand Zempoalla
James McGregor Montezuma
Ben Porter Traxalla
Matthew Romain Acacis
Anna Dennis Amexia (scène)
Katy Brittain Amexia (film)

Le Concert d’Astrée, chœur et orchestre

Nouvelle production de l’Opéra de Lille Coproduction Théâtre de Caen, Opera Vlaanderen Anvers-Gand, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

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Das Rheingold


The Rhine gold, guarded by three nymphs, holds immeasurable power. When the dwarf Alberich renounces love to steal it, he unwittingly sparks a battle for domination which will stretch from the depths of the river to the mountaintop home of the gods.

Director Julia Burbach and Music Director Peter Selwyn reunite after their award-winning production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia (Grimeborn 2018) with a new, contemporary take on the curtain-raiser to Wagner‘s Ring Cycle.

Jonathan Dove‘s acclaimed orchestration is performed in London for the first time since its premiere in the 1990s, with 18 live musicians from the Orpheus Sinfonia and an exceptional cast of singers, many of whom are giving role debuts.

Sung in German with English surtitles.

Paul Carey Jones, Wotan
Claire Barnett-Jones, Fricka (3 Aug, 5 Aug, 8 Aug, 10 Aug) / Wellgunde (31 Jul, 2 Aug, 6 Aug, 9 Aug)
Gareth Brynmor John, Donner
Seth Carico, Alberich
Kiandra Howarth, Freia/Woglinde
Angharad Lyddon, Flosshilde
Philip Sheffield, Loge
Andrew Tipple, Fasolt
Marianne Vidal, Fricka (31 Jul, 2 Aug, 6 Aug, 9 Aug) / Wellgunde (3 Aug, 5 Aug, 8 Aug, 10 Aug)
Harriet Williams, Erda
Dingle Yandell, Fafner
Julia Burbach, Director
Peter Selwyn, Conductor
Bettina John, Designer
Robert Price, Lighting Designer
Lysanne van Overbeek, Assistant Director
Paula Paz, Assistant Director
Laetitia Maes, Design Assistant
Megan Stilwell, Design Assistant
The Orpheus Sinfonia, Orchestra

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Mahler 8


Stephen Threlfall conductor | Ailish Tynan soprano | Gweneth Ann Rand soprano | Mark le Brocq tenor | Kitty Whately mezzo soprano | Margaret McDonald mezzo soprano | Gareth John baritone | Caroline Taylor soprano

As Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra put the finishing touches to a very special virtual concert that will be streaming soon, we look back to one of the most spectacular CSO performances of recent times.  

In 2019 Chetham’s School of Music celebrated its’ 50th anniversary year! 

The centrepiece of the landmark year was a performance from Mahler’s repertoire, Symphony of a Thousand by Chetham’s musicians, accompanied by soloists, instrumentalists and choirs from all corners of the UK, along with international partners from Australia, Norway and beyond. 

Opening with a stirring creation hymn, and closing with the dramatic redemption and ascension of Faust, this mighty symphony is perhaps the greatest symphonic masterpiece in the repertoire; and, perhaps, a reflection on Chetham’s 50 year journey – from its founders’ vision of a unique musical community, to its current position at the very forefront of music education in the UK. 

Performed in The Bridgewater Hall and originally broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

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WNO: Faust

Disillusioned with life, the ageing Faust trades his soul to the devil Méphistophélès in exchange for youth and the love of the beautiful Marguerite. She falls for the younger dashing man, but Faust soon loses interest and abandons her to pursue a life of lust. On returning from war her brother Valentin is furious to find Marguerite seduced and pregnant, and seeks revenge. Will a woman’s love be enough to make Faust repent or will the pact he made with the devil wreak havoc?

Welsh National Opera performed the title as part of our first ever opera season back in 1946, so there is no better way to mark our 75th birthday celebrations than with a devilish new production. The story of Faust is one of the most popular subjects in opera, and Gounod’s intimate score sets the mood through both gently lyrical and playfully menacing arias, and is completed with vibrant costumes and staging.

Jung Soo Yun, Faust
Wojtek Gierlach, Méphistophélès
Natalya Pavlova, Marguérite
Gareth Brynmor John, Valentin
Katie Bray, Siébel
Madeleine Shaw, Martha

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