Top Baritone to Perform with SSO
21 Mar 2022

Pictured: Baritone Gareth Brynmor John who will be performing in Shrewsbury on April 6 - Credit WNO 

One of the UK's top baritones is to perform with the Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra on April 6. 

Winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award, baritone Gareth Brynmor John will sing Gustav Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer (Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen) in the Spring Concert, in Shrewsbury School's Alington Hall. 

Gareth has performed with top orchestras in the UK and has had many leading roles with the Royal Academy Opera, Welsh National Opera and English Touring Opera. 

Recent highlights include: Handel's Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall, Carmina Burana with the Bach Choir at the Royal Festival Hall and Robert in Les vêpres siciliennes with the Welsh National Opera.  A graduate of St John's College Cambridge, the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio, Gareth is also part of the Songsmiths and regularly sings in the London English Song Festival. 

Gareth has previously recorded Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Trevor Pinnock, available on Linn Records. This cycle contains some of Mahler’s most affecting song settings drawing from especially the musical language of his first symphony and elsewhere.

The Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra concert will also include the work of a brilliant French female composer - Lili Boulanger - along with works by Sibelius and Mahler. 

Marie-Juliette Olga 'Lili' Boulanger was the first female winner of the Prix de Rome composition prize in 1913, aged 19. She seemed destined for a glittering career as a composer, but she suffered from intestinal tuberculosis and tragically died aged just 24. 

The orchestra will play her lively instrumental work D'un matin de printemps, Also in the programme is Jean Sibelius’ glorious Symphony no. 2.

The Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Moore and led by Alex Postlethwaite, is at the heart of music-making in Shropshire and is keen to introduce a wider audience to the joys of classical music - a concert at Shrewsbury Castle last year, saw a packed full house enjoying picnics on the lawn and there are plans to repeat this in July this year.

Tickets £15/£2 (children) available now from TicketSource

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