Our next concert will be with Newark Choral Society on Saturday, 13th May 2017 at 7.30pm at St Mary's Church, Newark. We shall be conducted by Guy Turner and will be performing:
Parry I was Glad
Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs
Marcus Farnsworth, Baritone
Ruth Massey, Mezzo Soprano
Marcus Farnsworth was awarded first prize in the 2009 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and the Song Prize at the 2011 Kathleen Ferrier Competition.
Highlights of the 2016/17 season and beyond include Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream on tour with the Aix en Provence Festival; Eddy in Turnage Greek for Boston Lyric Opera; The Traveller in Britten’s Curlew River in a European tour with Ian Bostridge; Birtwistle The Last Supper with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins, with whom he will also sing Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony with the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Ned Keene Peter Grimes at the Bergen Festival and Edinburgh International Festival, with Edward Gardner, as well return invitations for recitals at the Wigmore Hall, London with James Bailleau and Amsterdam Concertgebouw with Joseph Middleton. He will sing the role of Hubbard in Doctor Atomic with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and John Adams.
Past recitals include debuts at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and La Monnaie, Brussels with Mark Padmore and Julius Drake; a UK tour of Schubert Winterreise with James Baillieu; Salute to Venice with Graham Johnson for Leeds Lieder and a recital for Opéra de Lille with Simon Lepper and well as appearances at the Wigmore Hall with Malcolm Martineau, Julius Drake and Graham Johnson, the Myrthen Ensemble and Joseph Middleton and with the Carducci Quartet.
Opera roles include Guglielmo, English Clerk in Britten Death in Venice and Novice’s Friend in Billy Budd for ENO; Lance Corporal Lewis in the world premiere of In Parenthesis by Ian Bell for Welsh National Opera and, in concert, Sid in Britten Albert Herring with the BBC SO and Aeneas in Purcell Dido and Aeneas with the Early Opera Company and Christian Curnyn. Further afield Marcus has sung Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Bergen National Opera and Kelvin in Fujikura Solaris in Paris, Lille and Lausanne;
In concert Marcus has appeared with the Adelaide Symphony, Royal Scottish National, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras; RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Dublin; BBC Symphony, Philharmonic and Scottish Symphony Orchestras in repertoire including Britten War Requiem, Elgar The Apostles, Carmina Burana; Berlioz L’enfance du Christ, Brahms and Faure Requiems conducted by François-Xavier Roth, Paul McCreesh, Claus Peter Flor; Bernard Labadie and Edward Gardner.
A strong supporter of contemporary composers, Marcus has sung many works by John Taverner, Sally Beamish, Thomas Larcher, Peter Maxwell Davies and David Sawer with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC SO and Aurora Ensemble and conductors Gianandrea Noseda and Nicolas Collon
Marcus has also sung Bach St John Passion (bass arias) with the Ulster Orchestra; Bach St Matthew and St John Passions (bass arias and Christus) with the Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh and Monteverdi Vespers on tour with Emmanuelle Haïm.
Marcus graduated with a first class honours degree from Manchester University. He studied singing at and is an Associate of The Royal Academy of Music, London and is the founder and artistic director of the Southwell Music Festival.
Born in Nottinghamshire, Ruth Massey was educated at Worksop College and Cambridge University, where she held a Choral Scholarship at Clare College. She has performed with many of the UK's foremost consorts, specialising in Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music. She has toured the world with The Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen, The Eric Whitacre Singers and The Gabrieli Consort. European concert highlights include Haydn Harmoniemesse at the Festival de Musique de La Chaise Dieu, France, Handel Dixit Dominus at Santa Maria di Montesanto, Rome, Italy (the church where this majestic piece was first performed in 1707), and Ockeghem Missa Prolationum in the Conzertgebouw Amsterdam.
Closer to home, London performances include Mozart Vesperae Solennes de Confessore at The Barbican, Rachmaninov Vespers at Cadogan Hall, Buxtehude's seven-cantata cycle Membra Jesu Nostri at Kings Place, Pärt Stabat Mater at the Wigmore Hall, and Britten Ceremony of Carols in the City of London Festival. With The Sixteen she gave an acclaimed performance of two solo-voice Bach Cantatas at the Edinburgh Festival, of which The Scotsman said: ‘especially memorable was Ruth Massey's alto aria in BWV146. … Its shapely phrasing was illuminated from within by warm persuasiveness and a desire to reach heaven that no God could refuse.’
Ruth has appeared on over 100 commercial CDs, several of which have won Gramophone Awards. Hollywood soundtrack recordings have also featured prominently in Ruth’s work, from the mighty Harry Potter films to DreamWorks’ animation Flushed Away!
Ruth lives in North Nottinghamshire and is Director of Music at Ranby House School. Her greatest loves are the music of Poulenc and long muddy walks in Clumber Park with her two hounds.
Tickets go on sale from Wednesday 29th March from: Bingham Library (Unreserved only) 01949 837905, Tim on 0115 878 0642, or email email@example.com
Reserved seats £12.50 and Unreserved £10.00. Child - Free (School-age)
Music sung by Bingham and District Choral Society since its inception in 1972.
Monteverdi - Beatus Vir; Vespers of 1610
J.S.Bach - Cantata no. 122; Magnificat; St Matthew Passion x 3; Cantata no. 140 x 2; St John Passion; Sleepers Wake; Mass in B Minor
Handel - Messiah x 5; Zadoc the Priest x 4; Let Thy Hand be Strengthened x 3; Samson x 2; Dettinger Te Deum x 2; The King Shall Rejoice; Ode to St Cecilia; Acis and Galatea; Israel in Egypt
Haydn - The Creation x 3; Mass in Time of War x 4; Harmoniemesse x 2; Te Deum x 3; Nelson Mass x2; The Seasons
Pergolesi - Magnificat
Purcell - Come Ye Sons of Art x 2; Anthems
Vivaldi - Gloria x 5; Beatus Vir
Beethoven - Choral Symphony; Mass in C
Mozart - Coronation Mass x 2; Regina Coelis x 2; Mass in C Minor x 2; Requiem x 4; Ave Verum x 2; Litaniae Lauretanae x 3; Vespere Solennes de Confessore x 2
Rossini - Petite Messe Solennelle
Schubert - Mass in G; Mass in A Flat
Bizet - Te Deum
Brahms - Ein Deutsches Requiem x 3; Alto Rhapsody; Schicksalslied x 2
Dvorak - Mass in D
Elgar - Dream of Gerontius x 2; The Music Makers x 2
Faure - Requiem x 5; Cantique de Jean Racine x 3; Pavane
Honegger - King David x 2; Christmas Cantata
Kodaly - Psalmus Hungaricus
Mahler - Symphony no. 3
Mendelssohn - St Paul; Elijah; Vom Himmel Hoch
Parry - I was Glad x 4; Blest Pair of Sirens x 2
Puccini - Messa di Gloria
Vaughan Williams - Five Mystical Songs x 6; Fantasia on Christmas Carols x 3; A Sea Symphony x 2; Serenade to Music; Dona Nobis Pacem x 2; In Windsor Forest
Verdi - Requiem x 4
Bernstein - Chichester Psalms x 3
Bliss - Pastoral x 2
Britten - St Nicolas x 3; Rejoice in the Lamb; Ceremony of Carols
Chilcott - Songs and Cries of London Town x 2
Durufle - Requiem x 2
Finzi - Intimations of Mortality; Lo the Full Final Sacrifice; In Terra Pax
Gershwin - Porgy and Bess (Extracts) x 2
Hand - High Tide
Howells - Hymnus Paradisi
Jacob - Psalm 103; Christmas Music
Jenkins - The Armed Man
Matthias - This Worldes Joie
Orff - Carmina Burana
Poulenc - Gloria x 4
Rutter - Fancies; Requiem x 2; Feel the Spirit x 2; Gloria
Tippett - A Child of our Time x 3
Turner - Three Yeats Poems
Vinter - The Trumpets