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Archive for: January 2014

St John Passion soloists

Jeremy Budd – Evangelist and Tenor Arias

Jeremy Budd graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and since then has become much in demand on the concert platform, working with many well known conductors and ensembles. Oratorio performances include Haydn Seasons with Harry Christophers in Madrid, Purcell Ode on St Cecilia’s Day, Handel Messiah, Haydn Creation, Mendelssohn Elijah all for Paul McCreesh, Mozart Requiem and Mass in C Minor in San Francisco and New York with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and the Roasting Swan in Carmina Burana for the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Jeremy has made a speciality of the Bach Passions and he made his solo BBC Proms debut live on BBC4 with the arias in the St. John Passion, a role also performed with the Gurzenich Orchestra in Cologne. He has recently evangelised the St Matthew Passion for Jeffrey Skidmore and Ex Cathedra in Birmingham Symphony Hall while future Bach outings include the St John Passion arias for the Britten Sinfonia, the St Matthew Passion arias for the Dunedin Consort and the Evangelist in the Christmas Oratorio with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. Jeremy’s operatic engagements include a fully-staged St. John Passion in Paris and Orfeo in Lille with Emmanuelle Haim, Pilade in Handel s Oreste at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Damon in Handel Acis and Galatea, Chabrier L’Etoile at the Opera Comique in Paris with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Der Fliegender Hollander, Acis and Galatea, Aida, Manon and La Traviata with the Royal Opera House Chorus. His solo recordings include Bernstein Chichester Psalms with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Handel Saul with The Sixteen, Bach St Matthew Passion with Ex Cathedra, Bach St John Passion with Arion Baroque and numerous others with groups such as Cardinall’s Musick, Monteverdi Choir, Gabrieli Consort, Tenebrae and The Sixteen.

Jonathan Brown – Christus

Jonathan Brown was born and raised in Toronto. Coming over to England to study at Clare College, Cambridge he now lives in London where he studies with Nicolas Powell. His opera credits are wide and include Marcello in La Boheme at the Royal Albert Hall, Trojan in Idomeneo with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra at the Salzburg Easter Festival and Pastore in Orfeo on a European tour with Emmanuelle Haim and Le Concert d’Astree. On the concert platform he appears regularly with many of the UK’s foremost choral societies in repertoire ranging from Handel to Elgar. He made his debut with Sir John Eliot Gardiner singing Bach Cantatas as part of their Pilgrimage of 2000 and became a regular soloist with them throughout the year appearing on numerous recordings. Recent work has included a tour of St Matthew Passion and Magnificat conducted by Sir Roger Norrington and the role of Christus in St John Passion with Philippe Herreweghe. His recordings include he baritone solo in Faure Requiem for BMG and Purcell Dido and Aeneas and Blow Venus and Adonis for Rene Jacobs.

Marie Macklin – Soprano Arias

Marie Macklin was a choral scholar at King’s College, London where she studied French. She is currently studying with Julie Kennard, a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music. Marie’s love of music was largely inspired by the years she spent as a girl chorister in Wells Cathedral Choir. During this time she won the title of BBC Radio 2 Choirgirl of the Year, an award that gave Marie numerous solo television and radio performances. One of the highlights was performing the Lord’s Prayer from David Fanshawe’s African Sanctus before the Queen and millions of TV viewers live on BBC1 for the Royal Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. Marie is now much in demand as a consort singer and performs regularly with Tenebrae, with whom she has toured the USA extensively and features on a growing number of the choir’s recording. As a soloist she appears regularly with choral societies in the UK. Her recordings include the solos in Britten’s A Boy Was Born and the high Cs in Allegri’s Miserere.

Sarah Denbee – Mezzo Soprano Arias

Sarah Denbee grew up in Somerset and first realised her passion for singing when she joined the National Youth Choir of Great Britail. She subsequently studied Music and Italian at Bristol, gaining a First Class Honours Degree and spending a year at the University of Bologna. After passing the Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music diploma she gained a Master in Vocal Performance with Distinction from Trinity Laban. Sarah enjoys balancing a mixture of opera, oratorio, recital and consort singing and appears regularly with John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir. Other highlights include performing as a soloist at Cadogan Hall, the Millennium Centre in Cardiff, St John’s Smith Square and St. Martin-in-the-Fields and her participation in a mentor scheme with the Royal Opera House.

Jonathan McGovern – Bass

A graduate of King’s College London and the Royal Academy of Music (DipRAM), Jonathan McGovern is the recipient of the Second Prize at the 2011 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, the Gold Medal and First Prize at the Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition in 2010, the Karaviotis Prize at the 2011 Les Azuriales Competition and the Jean Meikle Duo Prize at the 2011 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition, where he was also a finalist. Jonathan is a former Britten-Pears Young Artist and an Associate Artist with Classical Opera. A regular guest at ENO, his roles to date have included Jake in the world premiere of Two Boys by Nico Muhly, Yamadori Madama Butterfly, Simon Vines in Michel van der Aa’s world premiere The Sunken Garden, co-produced with Amsterdam, Lyon and Toronto, and Restaurant Waiter in Deborah Warner’s acclaimed production of Death in Venice. Elsewhere, he sang Sid for the Britten Festival in Aldeburgh in a new production of Albert Herring conducted by Steuart Bedford and directed by Oliver Mears, Wu Tianshi and Pokayne in the premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ opera Kommilitonen!, Shane (Postcards from Dumbworld) at Belfast Grand Opera House and most recently, Figaro Il Barbiere di Siviglia for the Verbier Festival Academy. An outstandingly gifted recitalist, Jonathan has performed with pianists Malcolm Martineau, Julius Drake, Simon Lepper, James Baillieu, Timothy End and James Cheung. He is a member of the Royal Academy of Music Song Circle, with whom he has appeared at the Wigmore Hall and at the King’s Place Festival. He was a member of the French Song Residency at the 2012 Aix-en-Provence Festival Academie. Concert work includes The Yeoman of the Guard with Jane Glover and the BBC Philharmonic at the 2011 BBC PROMS, Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer with the Orchestra of the City at St James’s Piccadilly, Bernstein’s Candide with the Cambridge Philharmonic, Fauré’s Requiem at Southwark Cathedral, an opera Gala at Stanley Hall alongside Dame Felicity Lott, Boatswain in HMS Pinafore at London’s Barbican and in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham, the title role in Telemann’s Orpheus with Classical Opera and Ian Page at the London Handel Festival and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Verbier Festival Orchestra under Charles Dutoit at the 2013 Verbier Festival. Engagements in 2013/14 include his return to ENO as Polyneices in Julian Anderson’s world premiere The Thebans, the role of Adam in a staged version of Haydn’s The Creation for Vocal Futures at the Ambika P3 in London, the St John Passion with Winchester Music Club, a recording of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Le Reniement de Saint Pierre (Jesus) with David Bates and La Nuova Musica for Harmonia Mundi USA, and Junior A Quiet Place with Ensemble Modern under Kent Nagano at the Konzerthaus Berlin, and on tour around Europe in 14/15.