Bach at Christmas

Bach at Christmas 

Magnificat in Eb BWV 243a

Lutheran Mass in F Major BWV 233

Cantata “Süßer Trost” BWV 151

 

This year the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists will be celebrating Christmas with a mixed programme of J.S. Bach’s sacred choral works. As we approach the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Church, these works will transport audiences to 18th-century Leipzig  for a traditional Christmas celebration. The programme moves from the intimacy of “Süßer Trost” to the vast celebration of joy that is Bach's Magnificat.

Join the Monteverdi ensembles and Sir John Eliot Gardiner as they tour Europe, in what promises to be a glorious follow-up to their critically acclaimed tour of Bach St Matthew Passion.

Our Bach at Christmas tour is dedicated to the memory of philanthropist and dear patron, Sir Ralph Kohn.

“There has surely never been anyone quite like him in the history of music of the past hundred years. For Sir Ralph was a seminal figure: the fact that he was a fine musician and skilled singer in his own right gave additional significance to his exceptional generosity as a benefactor and discerning patron of performing groups and individuals over many years. The Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists have lost not only a munificent patron but a great friend of music.  We send our heartfelt condolences to his family.” - Sir John Eliot Gardiner 

 

Friday 2 December 2016

20.00  

Venue: Alte Oper, Frankfurt

Monteverdi Choir | English Baroque Soloists | Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Hannah Morrison | Soprano
Eleanor Minney | Mezzo soprano
Reginald Mobley | Countertenor
Hugo Hymas | Tenor
Gianluca Buratto | Bass


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Saturday 3 December 2016

20.15   

Venue: De Oosterpoort, Groningen

Monteverdi Choir | English Baroque Soloists | Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Hannah Morrison | Soprano
Eleanor Minney | Mezzo soprano
Reginald Mobley | Countertenor
Hugo Hymas | Tenor
Gianluca Buratto | Bass

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Monday 5 December 2016

20.00  

Venue: Berliner Philharmonie, Berlin

Monteverdi Choir | English Baroque Soloists | Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Hannah Morrison | Soprano
Eleanor Minney | Mezzo soprano
Reginald Mobley | Countertenor
Hugo Hymas | Tenor
Gianluca Buratto | Bass

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Tuesday 6 December 2016

20.00  

Venue: Philharmonie am Gasteig, Munich

Monteverdi Choir | English Baroque Soloists | Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Hannah Morrison | Soprano
Eleanor Minney | Mezzo soprano
Reginald Mobley | Countertenor
Hugo Hymas | Tenor
Gianluca Buratto | Bass

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Wednesday 7 December 2016

20.00  

Venue: Congress Innsbruck, Innsbruck

Monteverdi Choir | English Baroque Soloists | Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Hannah Morrison | Soprano
Eleanor Minney | Mezzo soprano
Reginald Mobley | Countertenor
Hugo Hymas | Tenor
Gianluca Buratto | Bass

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Thursday 8 December 2016

19.30  

Venue: Konzerthaus, Vienna

Monteverdi Choir | English Baroque Soloists | Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Hannah Morrison | Soprano
Eleanor Minney | Mezzo soprano
Reginald Mobley | Countertenor
Hugo Hymas | Tenor
Gianluca Buratto | Bass


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Saturday 10 December 2016

20.00  

Venue: Chapel Royal, Palace of Versailles

Monteverdi Choir | English Baroque Soloists | Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Hannah Morrison | Soprano
Eleanor Minney | Mezzo soprano
Reginald Mobley | Countertenor
Hugo Hymas | Tenor
Gianluca Buratto | Bass

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Monday 12 December 2016

19.30  

Venue: Barbican Centre, London

Monteverdi Choir | English Baroque Soloists | Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Hannah Morrison | Soprano
Eleanor Minney | Mezzo soprano
Reginald Mobley | Countertenor
Hugo Hymas | Tenor
Gianluca Buratto | Bass


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Meet the Soloists



Charlotte Ashley bachXmas lrCharlotte Ashley
soprano

A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Charlotte sings with the Monteverdi Choir and has toured with them throughout Europe and North America. She has worked with other ensembles including The Tallis Scholars, The Marian Consort, Choir of the Enlightenment, Tenebrae and Collegium Vocale Ghent. Forthcoming projects in 2017 include tours of Australia, Japan and the USA. As a soloist Charlotte has performed throughout the UK and Europe. Recent highlights include a tour of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Mendelssohn’s Sommernachtstraum with the LSO.  Charlotte will feature on the soundtrack of the forthcoming BBC 2 series ‘Close to the Enemy’, singing Handel’s ‘Eternal Source of Light Divine’. Charlotte also performs with the Royal Shakespeare Company, most recently in their acclaimed production of Richard II alongside David Tennant at the Brooklyn Arts Theatre, New York, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Barbican Theatre.  Other stage performances include ‘Written on the Heart’ and ‘Henry V’ with the RSC and Gluck’s Orphée et Euridice at the Royal Opera House with the Monteverdi Choir.

Angie Hicks BachXmasLRAngela Hicks
soprano 

Born in Lancashire, England, Angela Hicks enjoys a busy career as both a soloist and choral singer. As a soloist, Angela is regularly invited to perform core oratorios with a variety of ensembles. She is also very active in chamber music, often performing cantatas and smaller works accompanied by period instruments. Angela duos with lute/therbo player Toby Carr, exploring the rich renaissance reperatory of lute songs, and most recently has performed alongside Emma Kirkby as part of her project Dowland Works. As a choral singer, Angela is a member of a number of leading UK ensembles including The Monteverdi Choir under John Eliot Gardner, which she joined initially as an apprentice, and with whom she now sings regularly. She is also a member of Ex Cathedra and the choir of The Chapels Royal, HM Tower of London. She also sings and plays celtic harp with UK based medieval ensemble Joglaresa. 

Hannah morrison bachxmas lrHannah Morrison
soprano

Hannah Morrison grew up in Holland, where she studied singing and piano, before studying with Rudolf Piernay at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She collaborates on a regular basis with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, with whom she made her Salzburg Festival debut in Handel’s Alexanderfest, and also sang Schumann’s Paradise und die Peri and Brahms’ A German Requiem with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. After appearances in Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s St Matthew Passion in 2016, she has performed with Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan, the Musik Podium Stuttgart, the Ricercar Ensemble, the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the Capella Augustina and the Bavarian Radio Choir. She appears regularly with Les Arts Florissants and in 2017 will cover the role of La Musica and Euridice in their production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo. She will also go on several tours with Philippe Herreweghe.  As a solo song performer she has given recitals with Joseph Middleton at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn and Cologne Philharmonie. She has also given recitals with Eugene Asti and Graham Johnson at Oxford Festival and has performed at Kings Place and Wigmore Hall, London.

Eleanor Minney bachxmas lrEleanor Minney
mezzo-soprano

In 2010 Eleanor gained a First Class Honours degree in Vocal Studies from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music, London. Upon graduating was also recipient of the Wilfred Greenhouse Allt college prize for Cantata and Oratorio for her performance in JS Bach’s St. John Passion. Recent solo engagements include Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, B Minor Mass and Cantata 198 “Trauer-Ode” with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque soloists, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Monteverdi’s Vespers with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (Proserpina) with I Fagiolini. Recent operatic roles include Ruggiero (Handel Alcina), Cherubino (Mozart Marriage of Figaro), Proserpina/Ninfa (Monteverdi Orfeo), Fanny Price (Dove Mansfield Park), Mercedes (Bizet Carmen), Claretta (Leoncavallo Zaza). In recital Eleanor performs regularly with baroque violinist Davina Clarke, and solo recitals at London’s St. Martin-in-the-fields, Cadogan Hall, St. George’s Hanover Square, and New York’s Weill Recital room at Carnegie Hall. Eleanor is currently a young artist and resident recitalist for the Handel House Museum.

Reggie Mobley bachxmas lrReginald Mobley 
counter-tenor

Countertenor Reginald L. Mobley fully intended to speak his art through watercolours and oil pastels until circumstance demanded that his own voice should speak for itself. Since reducing his visual colour palette to the black and white of a score, he’s endeavoured to open up a wider spectrum onstage. A longtime member of twice GRAMMY® nominated ensemble Seraphic Fire, Reggie has appeared with Agave Baroque, Bach Collegium San Diego, Boston Early Music Festival, Monteverdi Choir & English Baroque Soloists, Pacific MusicWorks, TENET, and The Handel + Haydn Society in the ‘15/’16 season. With the latter, he had the honour of becoming the first Black person to lead H+H during its Bicentennial anniversary. Never bound by conventional countertenor repertoire, Reggie has a fair bit of non-classical work in tow. His first professional work was in Musical Theatre, while working in Japan (as a Singer/Actor for Tokyo Disney), he performed cabaret shows of gospel, jazz, and torch songs in jazz clubs around Tokyo. Not one to regret, Reggie has considered rediscovering his artistic roots. So if seen post-concert, forego an autograph and ask for one of his self-acclaimed stick figure drawings. It’s a start.

Peter davoren bachxmas lrPeter Davoren
tenor

Peter Davoren graduated from the University of Leeds, studying singing with Alison Chamberlain, where he received the Alison Silverside Award and the Elgar Prize. Peter was awarded the Dr Ralph Kohn Scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Music, under the tutelage of Neil Mackie and Mary Hill, where he gained plaudits for his recital singing as a member of the Academy Song Circle, performing at the Chelsea and Oxford Lieder Festivals, and the Wigmore Hall. He is a regular performer with the Monteverdi Choir making his Proms debut, as a soloist, in the Monteverdi Vespers. He recently debuted the title role in Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with the Belgravia Orchestra. Operatic engagements include; Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), LaCouff and Le Journaliste (Les mamelles des Tiresias), Florville (Il Signor Bruschino) with the Dutch National Opera Academy, Goro (Madama Butterfly), Poisson (Adriana Lecouvreur), Albert (Die Fledermaus) with Opera Holland Park, Ramon (Le Navarraise), Carlino (Don Bucefalo) with Wexford Opera and Tito (La clemenza di Tito) with Teatru Manoel, Malta. Future engagements include collaborations with Academia Monteverdiana, AAM, Tenebrae and Belmont Ensemble.

Hugo Hymas bachxmas lrHugo Hymas
tenor Hugo

Hymas graduated from Durham University in 2014 with a degree in Music and now lives in London. Predominant work this year has been touring Bach St Matthew Passion (Arias) with Monteverdi Choir which culminated in recording the work in Pisa Cathedral. He has also sung Bach’s Evangelist roles recently in Nidarosdomen (Trondheim Barokk) and in Croatia (Varaždin Baroque Evenings). Hugo has a recording of Bach Cantatas with Sigiswald Kuijken and Trondheim Barokk, available under Chemins du Baroque label, and has performed Cantata solos recently with Britten-Pears, London Bach Society and the Newcastle Bach Choir. Other repertoire includes Berlioz L’enfance du Christ (Narrator), Haydn’s Creation (Uriel), Mozart Requiem (tenor), Montiverdi Vespers (tenor), and Dvorák Mass in D (tenor). Lead operatic roles are Handel Acis and Galatea (Acis), Semele (Jupiter), Monteverdi L’Orfeo (Orfeo), Mozart The Magic Flute (Tamino), The Marriage of Figaro (Basilo/Don Curzio), and Purcell Dido and Aeneas (Aeneas). Hugo is a Britten-Pears young artist and this year performed Britten Canticle 1 in The Red House, Aldeburgh.

Graham Neal bachxmas lrGraham Neal
tenor

Graham Neal read music at the University of Surrey, winning the Robert Naylor prize. He continued his studies on the Knack opera course at the ENO and as a postgraduate at Trinity College of Music. He now studies with Nicholas Powell. On the operatic stage, Graham has performed the roles of Don Ramiro La Cenerentola, Don José Carmen, Ferrando Cosi Fan Tutte, Belmonte Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Sextus Julius Caesar, Ivan The Crocodile for the Tête à Tête festival and Damon Acis and Galatea for Iford Arts, and has performed at The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, l’Opera Comique and Grange Park Opera. Graham is adept at choral singing, appearing frequently in concert, on television, and on recordings. He sings with the Monteverdi Choir, The King’s Consort, Philharmonia Voices, English Voices, Sonoro, Orpheus Britannicus, the Hanover Band and Cappella Nova as well as being a member of the choir of the London Oratory Church.

Buratto-2 bachxmas lrGianluca Buratto
bass

A noble and round voice, Gianluca Buratto is rapidly establishing himself as one of most versatile basses of his generation. Gianluca has collaborated with conductors such as Paolo Arrivabeni, Riccardo Chailly, Mark Elder, Sir John Eliot Gardiner Jesus Lopez-Banzo, Fabio Luisi, Riccardo Muti, Christophe Rousset Corrado Rovaris, Jordi Savall in prestigious theaters and venues as La Scala in Milan, Teatro Real, Madrid, Wigmore Hall, London, Salzburg Festival, Teatro dell’Opera, Rome, Chicago Opera, Gran Liceu, Barcelona, Opera in Florence, Theater an der Wien, Dutsch National Opera, Amsterdam, Sferisterio Opera Festival, Macerata, Wexford Festival Opera. Recent projects include: Oedipus Rex in Berlin; I Due Foscari in Amsterdam; Faccio’s Amleto, Donizetti’s Requiem and Turandot at the Bregenzer Festspiele; Semiramide with Opera Rara, London; Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliette in Beirut; Le Nozze di Figaro in Zurich; his first solo recital at the Wigmore Hall, London; in Stravinsky’s Oedipus rex with the Berliner Philarmoniker under Gardiner. Plans include: La Bohème in Florence; Don Giovanni in Bilbao and Tel Aviv. He will take part in the Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra’s Monteverdi 450 celebrations in 2017.

Jake Muffett bachxmas lrJake Muffett
bass

23 year old baritone Jake Muffett was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire where he attended The King’s School Grantham. Jake graduated from the University of York with a BA (Hons) in Music and is currently continuing his postgraduate studies on the opera programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Jake currently receives vocal tuition from John Evans and his studies are generously supported by The Laurin & Arthur Glaze Trust, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Grantham Music Club and the Grantham Choral Society. Jake recently made his major London solo debut at the Royal Albert Hall in Orff’s Carmina Burana with the English Festival Orchestra, The Really Big Chorus and Bob Chilcott. Jake was also part of the 2016 Glyndebourne Festival chorus where he understudied the role of Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia and performed a principle role in Glyndebourne Youth Opera’s production of Lewis Murphy’s A Garden Dream. Jake was one of the 2014-2015 Monteverdi Choir apprentices and has performed with the group on a regular basis since completing the apprenticeship.

 

 

JS Bach Lutheran Mass in F Major BWV 233 – 29 mins

JS Bach Cantata “Süßer Trost” BWV 151 – 19 mins

Interval

JS Bach Magnificat BWV 243 in Eb + Christmas Laudes