Brahms Requiem with Vivace Chorus

5.1.2Brahms Requiem

Monday, 1 May 2017 – 7:30pm
Royal Festival Hall

Jeremy Backhouse conducts Vivace Chorus and Philharmonia Orchestra. Soloists: Claire Seaton (soprano), Sarah Fryer (alto),Gareth Brynmor John (baritone).

Elgar Sea Pictures

Pott A new commission

Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem


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Sarah-Jane Lewis – Soprano, Gareth Brynmor John – Baritone, Simon Lepper – Piano

downloadSarah-Jane Lewis – Soprano, Gareth Brynmor John – Baritone, Simon Lepper – Piano

Friday 23rd September – 7pm

Programme of songs and duets by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Mahler, Britten and others. Arias and duets from their favourite operas.

Sarah-Jane Lewis studied at the Royal College of Music and then at the Royal Academy where she gained her MA. She completed the course at the National Opera Studio in 2014. The winner of many important competitions Sarah-Jane took the second prize at the 2014 Kathleen Ferrier Awards where Hilary Finch, writing in The Times, described her “warm, capacious soprano, powerfully contained through its wide range, which left this listener longing for more.”

Gareth Brynmor John took the first prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards in 2013, where his voice “held the audience gripped with its clarity and warmth evenly spread through its range” – Geoff Brown, The Times. Gareth studied Geography at St John’s College, Cambridge before studying at the Royal Academy of Music. He is currently now studying at the National Opera Studio. He is equally at home in opera, oratorio and as a recitalist. He appeared at Bury Court Opera as Sharpless and has given recitals including festivals in Buxton, Oxford and Leeds, and many more.

Simon Lepper is a familiar face both at Holkham and at the North Norfolk Music Festival and works with an impressive list of established singers as well as those from the younger generation. He performed with Mark Padmore at the 2015 Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, one of the world’s most prestigious chamber music festivals. He is one of the two pianists at the bi-annual BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and is a professor of song accompaniment at the Royal College of Music.

Tickets: £25, includes a glass of wine in the Saloon during the interval and an opportunity to view some of the other state rooms in the Hall.

Book online or telephone Holkham Ticket Office on 01328 713111.

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Butterworth and other English songs

A Shropshire Lad

Gareth Brynmor John, baritone

Simon Lepper, piano


Butterworth and other English songs

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Elijah – The Really Big Chorus

Town-Hall-222With two successful Summer Schools completed, we invite you to set aside a week in August 2016 to join us for the third TRBC Choral Summer School, this time with an additional exciting twist. By popular demand, the main work for 2016 will be Mendelssohn’s dramatic oratorioElijah, and we discovered almost by chance that the first performance of this work was given in Birmingham Town Hall in August 1846.

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Song Smiths @ Buxton Festival

SONGSMITHS-FINAL-IMAGE-207x300White Camelia – The Story of a Courtesan

Sarah-Jane Brandon, soprano
Gareth Brynmor John, baritone
Audrey Hyland, piano

About the show

Massenet Gavotte
Richard Strauss Heimliche Aufforderung
Duparc Chanson Triste
Hahn L’heure exquise
Schumann Ich bin dein Baum
Schumann Entfleh mit mir
De Falla Polo
De Falla Asturiana
Richard Strauss Ach lieb, ich muss nun schieden
Rachmaninov Ah, forsake me not
Schubert Am Bach im Früling
Brahms Immer leise
Schumann Meine Rose
Quilter Music when soft voices die
Richard Strauss Morgen
Schubert Abschied von der Erde

We follow the emotional journey of a young courtesan as she chooses a life of true love over her previous empty and flirtatious existence. Sorrow comes along in the shape of her lover’s father, who, unbeknownst to his son, pleads with her to give up his son due to the shame her past life is bringing on the family, and in particular his daughter who is about to marry into an influential family. She is faced with the difficult choice of love over duty. We travel through myriad of songs from Strauss to Duparc, to Ireland to De Falla to Schumann and to Faure.

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Fringe in the Fen: An Evening with Gilbert and Sullivan

An Evening with Gilbert and Sullivan

Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul

Eli Rolfe Johnston | soprano
Kate Symonds-Joy | mezzo-soprano
Daniel Joy | tenor
Gareth Brynmor John | baritone
Will Vann | piano

Join us for a thrilling evening of Gilbert and Sullivan classics. From your favourite arias to fast-paced ensembles and a tongue-twisting medley, a quartet of four singers and pianist will take you on a journey through the most sparkling light opera works.

Including excerpts from the Pirates of Penzance, the Mikado, Gondoliers and HMS Pinafore, this glittering evening will have you toe-tapping and singing along.

‘A policeman’s lot is not a happy one!’

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Brahms Requiem with Vasari Singers

jeremy011Brahms Requiem and Liebeslieder Walzer

St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square


Vasari Singers, under Jeremy Backhouse, is one of the UK’s leading chamber choirs. Now in its 32nd year, the chamber choir performs a wide range of repertoire with passion and sensitivity to exacting standards and considerable press acclaim.

Recent reviews of the choir’s commission and premiere CD of the oratorio The Cloud of Unknowing by Francis Pott, included “a top flight choir and, moreover, one that is at the top of its form, a performance that goes way beyond the printed page of the score” – MusicWeb International, “passionate and precise” – The Times, and “The Mighty Vasari Singers give it everything they can muster” – The Gramophone.

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Divas and Scholars: Conducting Tchaikovsky with Edward Gardner

Ed Gardner OBE Photographed at the ENO, London 5 September 2012 Joint commission: ENO, Askonas Holt and Chandos Benjamin Ealovega Photography benjaminealovega.comEdward Gardner; seminar; performance; dinner

Conducting Tchaikovsky Click here to watch Ed talk about Queen of Spades

Gareth John & pianist Richard Peirson

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Puccini Madama Butterfly, Bury Court Opera

efe31f576e98446e04bda117756eff2bGiacomo Puccini

Conductor  –  Simon Over with Southbank Sinfonia
Director  –  Julia Burbach
Designer  – Naomi Dawson
Lighting Designer  –  Nao Nagai

Cio Cio San  –  Mamie Matsuda

Pinkerton  –  Elgan Llyr Thomas

Sharpless  –  Gareth Brynmor John

Suzuki  –  Ayaka Tanimoto

Yamadori  –  Nicolas Dwyer

The Bonze  –  Freddie Tong

Goro  –  Christopher Diffey

Kate Pinkerton  –  Flora McIntosh

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NOS Fulham Palace Opera Gala

Opera at the Palace – SOLD OUT

Opera at the Palace – SOLD OUT


This event has sold out

Once again we are delighted to welcome another group of exceptional young singers from the National Opera Studio to the intimate setting of our Tudor Great Hall. To add to the occasion, a three course dinner is also available in one of our historic rooms.

This fabulous evening of entertainment provides the opportunity to see the stars of the future close up.

Two dinner courses are served prior to the concert at 6pm, with dessert and coffee served afterward.

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