Puccini: Messa di Gloria
David Butt Philip – Tenor
David was born and brought up in Wells in Somerset and began his musical training as a chorister at Peterborough Cathedral. He trained at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio. In Autumn 2014 David made his English National Opera debut as Rodolfo La Bohème to huge critical acclaim. He will reprise the role in 2015 for the Zorlu Centre in Istanbul and for English Touring Opera in venues throughout the UK. His burgeoning concert career sees him sing Tippett’s A Child of our Time in Bath and Haydn’s Nelson Mass with the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. From 2012-14 David was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House where his roles included Abdallo Nabucco (with Placido Domingo), First Armed Man Die Zauberflöte, Master of Ceremonies Gloriana, Pang Turandot, First Knight Parsifal, Gastone La Traviata, Apparition of a Youth Die Frau ohne Schatten, 1er Commissaire Dialogues des Carmélites and Offizier Ariadne auf Naxos. Concert performances include Verdi Requiem with Orchestre de Picardie and L’Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, Mahler Das Klagende Lied with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle at the Barbican, Britten Folk Songs with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and recitals at the Wigmore Hall with Simon Lane and the Solstice Quartet. David was a member of the Glyndebourne Chorus, a Glyndebourne Jerwood Young Artist and the winner of the prestigious John Christie Award in 2011. He made his debut later that year as Rodolfo La Bohème for Glyndebourne on Tour. Other awards include the John Cameron Prize for Lieder, the Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Award, the Edwin Samuel Dove Prize and the Bruce Millar/Gulliver Prize. He was also a member of the RNCM University Challenge team in 2003 and a Samling Artist in 2009. Future plans include role debuts as Don José Carmen (Nevill Holt Opera), Grigory Boris Godunov (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), Laca Jenufa and Pinkerton Madama Butterfly.
Benjamin Bevan – Bass
Photographer Credit – Jason Dodd
Benjamin Bevan won a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School, London and made his international début at Lausanne Opera in La Cenerentola. He made his UK début at Scottish Opera as Marcello La Bohème followed by return invitations to sing Fleville and Fouquier-Tinville in Andrea Chenier under Sir Richard Armstrong and Riccardo I Puritani, Lescaut in Massenet’s Manon and Marcello in the revival of La Bohème under Francesco Corti. He made his debut at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden singing Henry Cuffe in Gloriana by Benjamin Britten and last season he also made his debut at Welsh National Opera in two new productions: singing Lescaut in Boulevard Solitude by Henze followed by Roderick Usher in Usher House by Getty. Benjamin Bevan was involved with two notable contemporary opera projects, Written on Skin by George Benjamin at the Aix en Provence festival and The Royal Opera, Covent Garden and before that the European premiere of Gerald Barry’s opera The Importance of Being Earnest, conducted by Thomas Adès in the Barbican Hall, London. He recently sang the role of Pontius Pilate in a new staging of Bach’s Johannes Passion for the Nationale Reisopera in the Netherlands and The Speaker in The Magic Flute in the opening production of Garsington Opera at Wormsley and recently made his solo debut with The English Concert performing Handel’s Messiah in the UK and Germany. Other notable concert performances include a sell out tour of Bach’s Matthaus Passion in 2012 with the Bach Choir of the Netherlands and a hugely successful semi-staging of Purcell’s King Arthur in Manchester and Paris which came to The Barbican and Birmingham Symphony Hall in 2013, a performance of music by Vaughan Williams at the Christmas Day concert at the Leipzig Gewandaus (MDR Broadcast), The Dream of Gerontius at Snape Maltings, Bach Johannes Passion with the Irish Chamber Orchestra under Stephen Layton, Handel’s Messiah with The Irish Baroque Orchestra (RTE Broadcast), Bach Weihnachts Oratorium in Monaco and Nice and Carmina Burana with the BBC Concert Orchestra. He has also sung in two performances of Bach Cantatas in Australia at the Perth International Festival (ABC Broadcast) and was a soloist in the UK premiere of a new Mass by John Tavener at The Brighton Festival. His operatic repertoire also includes Belcore L’elisir d’amore, Tonio I Pagliacci, Alfio Cavalleria Rusticana, Count Almaviva The Marriage of Figaro, Speaker The Magic Flute, Aeneas Dido and Aeneas, Peter Hänsel und Gretel and The Animal Tamer and Acrobat in Lulu. Recent engagements include performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Bach Collegium Japan under Masaaki Suzuki and with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Bach’s B Minor Mass at The Three Choir’s Festival. Current and future engagements include Lescaut Boulevard Solitude for the Royal Danish Opera, Ferryman Curlew River for Opéra de Dijon, The Speaker Die Zauberflöte at The Royal Opera House, Notary Intermezzo at Garsington Opera, performances of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra under John Butt, Bach’s St John Passion with the Hanover Band and the City of London Choir, and Messiah with the Royal Northern Sinfonia under Paul McCreesh.
Strauss: Horn Concerto No 1 Op 11
Ben Goldscheider – Horn
Ben, 18, was born into a musical family. He began learning the horn at the age of 9 and since the age of 11, has been a pupil of Susan Dent at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, where he receives a full scholarship. When he was 13, Ben was appointed Principal Horn of the National Youth Chamber Orchestra of Great Britain and a year later, was the youngest participant in the London Symphony Orchestra Brass Academy. In 2014, he became principal horn of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain where he was unanimously awarded the John Fletcher Brass Award for his playing and contribution to the orchestra. Ben has also worked as a freelance musician for the Philharmonia Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra. In the studio, he has collaborated with Dame Shirley Bassey and Blake on their 2015 Christmas album.
Ben’s real passion lies in solo and chamber music for horn and as a soloist, he has appeared across the country in numerous public recitals and concerto performances, including the Royal Albert Hall. He was awarded the Guildford Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Award and has also won the Marlowe Young Musician of the Year 2013, Toddington Young Musician of the Year 2013 and the Gregynog Young Brass Player of the Year. In 2015, Ben was the youngest finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Soloist of the year in which he performed the Weber Horn Concertino with the Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band, live on BBC Radio 2 to over 2.5 million listeners. In September 2015, Ben was invited to the International Music Academy for Soloists held at Bückeberg Palace, Germany and also the International Music Academy for Wind Soloists, held in Austria.
Ben currently plays on an Alexander 103 horn, partly funded by the EMI Music Sound Foundation.