St John Passion: Bar Choral Society

Central to the performance was the Evangelist of James Way, and the Christus of Gareth Brynmor John … superbly partnered by Gareth Bynmor John’s Christus, John brought a firm-toned authority to the role, singing with commitment and dramatic credibility. He really made Christus a dramatic character rather than simply symbol, and the long scene before Pilate (with Andrew Rupp singing Pilate) saw Way, John and Rupp bringing out the sustained, almost operatic drama which Bach invests in the piece.

Planet Hugill
12 April 2017

Ronald Corp: And All the Trumpets Sounded

The soloist, Gareth Brynmor John waas superb, delivering the unfamiliar, sometimes upsetting, and often gripping First World War poetry with excellent diction.

Surrey Advertiser
11 November 2016
White Camelia
An early Rachmaninov song, Ah, forsake me not! was powerfully sung (in Russian) by Brynmor John. In contrast, he also offered a beautifully sung account of Quilter’s Music, when soft voices die.

July 13 2016
Review: White Camelia

Mahler Rückert Lieder
this one attracted a capacity audience to hear baritone Gareth Brynmor John … From the opening of Liebst du um Schonheit Gareth Brynmor John displayed a lovely lyric baritone with an easy top, sensitively accompanied by Finnegan Downie Dear. Throughout we got a great combination of sense of line and creamy tone from John. The final two songs, the darkly intense Um Mitternacht followed by Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen sung with just the right intense and sensitive innigkeit, were both completely spectacular and I look forward to hearing these artists again.

Monday, 2 November 2015
Robert Hugill

Brahms Requiem

The technique and musicianship of Gareth Brynmor John contributed considerably to the sense of drama of the Requiem. He was able to move from darkness to hope apparently effortlessly, revealing many different colours in his voice.

April 06, 2015

Martin Priestly, Grimsby Telegraph

Brahms Four Serious Songs

Brahms’ Four Serious Songs, beautifully enunciated by baritone Gareth Brynmore John

Thursday, July 3, 2014
Sue Burge
Eastern Daily Press
Commemorating the Great War: the London English Song Festival

full of changing emotion … Vann clearly enjoyed playing the picturesque turns in ‘Watermill’, and together his and John’s performance was very moving

Friday, June 13, 2014
Hilary Glover
Judas Maccabaeus – Handel

his pure tone and effective interpretation of the many moods required, was a joy to hear

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
John F Smith

Gerontius – Leeds Philharmonic Chorus

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Friday, February 21, 2014
Geoffrey Mogridge
Wharfedale Observer

However, the highest accolade must go to the baritone, Gareth John. The audience was spell-bound by his Poison Tree and Tit For Tat, both of which revealed his seemingly effortless power and wide vocal range.

This is a name to watch – it is unlikely that North Devon will see his like for many years to come.

Saturday, June 22, 2013
C Dring
North Devon Journal
Wigmore Hall Recital

Gareth presented a varied programme and revealed a confident and technically accomplished performer. He produced a consistently clear vocal line too. It’s a big voice, and a warm one, with a very full, rich sound; the tone is evenly sustained across the range, with exceptionally focused lower register

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Claire Seymour
Opera Today
Kathleen Ferrier Awards

Gareth Brynmor John’s clarity, warmth and even spread held us gripped from the beginning. He also passed the variety test. Two fervent accounts from Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel showed that he’d be welcome in any drawing-room. The opera house beckoned in his penetrating aria from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. Strong lieder credentials, too: the last of his four selections from Wolf’s Italian Songbook was caressed with such delicate control and tenderness that my knees started to give way.

Monday, April 29, 2013
Geoff Brown
The Times
Eugene Onegin

Gareth John looked suitably Byronic, aristocratic and arrogant, and he used his rich baritone magnificently. Best of all, in an already considerable performance, was the skill with which he showed that facade crumbling in the Ball Scene.

Sunday, April 28, 2013
Peter Reed
Opera Magazine
Eugene Onegin

Gareth John’s Onegin and Samuel Furness’s Lensky were outstanding – both names to watch – with exceptional singing from these two ex-St John’s, Cambridge choristers.

Sunday, March 24, 2013
Fiona Maddocks
The Observer
Eugene Onegin

Gareth John’s Onegin was vocally a powerhouse, and he seemed to get stronger and stronger as the evening went on. It’s a very warm, beautiful, full sound, even from top to bottom, and surely just about ideal as Onegin – comparable to any professional I’ve heard.

Monday, March 18, 2013
Capriccio Music
The Messiah

The quartet of soloists were outstanding… bass Gareth John in resonant, vibrant voice, especially in the recit, Behold I Tell you a Mystery, followed by The Trumpet shall Sound, with Gavin Wells, as expansive and declamatory as it should be.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Peter Lloyd Williams
Britten War Requiem

The performance at Guildford Cathedral on 17 November gave full measure to the most intense moments. Gareth Brynmor John’s solo in the later stages of the setting of Wilfred Owen’s ‘Strange Meeting’, the emotional heart of the work, was particularly fine, displaying the intelligence, control, and range of nuance one associates with the baritone for whom the part was written, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. He was also excellent in the more declamatory ‘Be slowly lifted up thou long black arm’, with its terrifying – and terrifyingly high – final note

Sunday, November 25, 2012
Dr Christopher Mark
University of Surrey
Arun Choral Centenary

the gorgeous baritone of Gareth Brynmore John in Tu Rex Gloriae, Christe,

Thursday, November 1, 2012
Littlehampton Gazette
Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem

while the two soloists gave polished performances … Gareth John has a very warm and lyrical voice and I am sure we shall hear much more of (and from) them both in the future.

Thursday, November 1, 2012
Andrew Lancaster
Joanna Leach Foundation
Mansfield Park

The handsome, well-nourished baritone of Gareth John rounded out the character of Sir Thomas Bertram, the one serious member of the family

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Margaret Davies
Opera Magazine, July 2012
A Night at the Opera Review

Gareth Brynmor John has a baritone voice of great beauty and flexibility and sang with ease and control; another voice to look out for in future.

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Gillian Ramsden
Rachmaninov – Review

the baritone, Gareth Brynmor John, was especially effective as a rich and expressive singer.

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Handel’s Israel in Egypt

impressively sung with apt gusto and fervour

Friday, March 23, 2012
Prasanthi Matharu
Curlew River


Friday, October 7, 2011
Jon Samlldon
Jon’s Place
Albert Herring

Gareth John’s rugged, eloquent Sid stood out.

Sunday, July 31, 2011
Fiona Maddocks
The Observer
Albert Herring / Shadwell Opera

Gareth John as Sid, the local Casanova, breathes ordinary decency, even as he teases Albert.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Kieron Quirke
Evening Standard
Choral Society lifts the Spirit

a great hit on his previous visit to Penzance when he charmed audiences with his commanding presence and rich, dramatic vocal tone

Thursday, May 5, 2011
This is Cornwall
Review: South Chiltern Choral Society Christmas concert

Completing the line-up […] the excellent baritone, Gareth John.

The solo baritone’s singing of The Trees and Miracle was sensitive and expressive, with refreshingly clear diction. I was probably not alone in wishing he had more to do.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Trevor Howell
A Night at the Opera with Ardente Opera

it was Gareth’s heart-breaking song in the early morning before his execution in Britten’s Billy Budd that made us all realise what a special group of singers we had on Sunbury that night.

Saturday, July 24, 2010
Joy McQuade
Night belonged to town’s choral society

Gareth John (bass) […] absolutely outstanding

Thursday, May 20, 2010
This is Cornwall
The Magic Flute – Shadwell Opera

Gareth John as Papageno boasts commanding vocal skills and […] considerable comic timing […] He is going on to opera studies at the Royal Academy of Music, and must be marked ‘one to watch’.

Monday, August 31, 2009
Tim Cornwell
The Scotsman