St. Edmund's Church, Crickhowell
Sunday 3rd May at 7.30pm
Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano), Catherine King (alto), Nicholas Mulroy (tenor), Robert Davies (bass) with Festival Baroque Orchestra
- HAYDN: Theresienmesse (Maria Theresa Mass)
- MOZART: Regina Coeli K108
- DOMENICO SCARLATTI: Salve Regina in A
- GRANDI: Laetamini vos o caeli
Three other outstanding composers feature tonight: Mozart, Haydn and Domenico Scarlatti. Scarlatti's poignant setting of the Salve Regina, an impassioned plea to the Virgin, is a neglected masterpiece which tonight receives one of its first modern performances from Catherine King. Mozart's Regina Coeli is another beautiful yet rarely heard piece for soprano and chorus, whilst Haydn's large scale Mass presents a real tour de force for the choir. With its novel fugues and fascinating details at every turn, this setting is claimed to show the "composer at the height of his powers." Little wonder that the Empress Maria Theresa, Haydn's devoted admirer, kept a copy for herself to sing!
Elin Manahan Thomas
Elin Manahan Thomas is one of the most exceptional sopranos of her generation. Since releasing her début album 'Eternal Light' in 2007, with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, she has performed at many of the world's most prestigious venues and festivals, and with leading orchestras and conductors. Perhaps most famously known for her performances of baroque masterpieces - such as Handel's Eternal Source of Light Divine at the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony - Elin is equally at home performing classical and contemporary works.
Elin has performed across Europe at major venues and festivals, including: the Edinburgh, Canterbury, Three Choirs, Llangollen, Mostly Mozart and Lufthansa festivals, St John's Smith Square, Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Town Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Casa de Musica in Porto, Zurich Tonhalle, and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. In 2008 Elin gave the World Première of Sir John Tavener's Requiem in Liverpool Cathedral (also recorded for EMI), and later premiered his Love Duet at the Manchester International Festival in 2013. Elin sang in the premiere of Karl Jenkin's 'Cantata Memoria' in October 2016, written to commemorate the Aberfan disaster 50 years earlier; the piece was also released on Deutsche Gramophon records. In May 2018 she was honoured to perform at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Catherine studied at Trinity College Cambridge and the Guildhall School of Music and lives near Ross-on-Wye.
Concerts range from Verdi Requiem in Symphony Hall, Birmingham and Elgar in Krakow to medieval songs in the USA and Spain, from Bach throughout Europe, and Italian Baroque arias in Genoa to Scottish 20th and 21st Century songs in Poland.
She performs across the world with recent and forthcoming concerts in France, Germany, Spain (medieval) and nearer to home at Worcester (Sea Pictures and Gerontius), and Wagner productions at Longborough in the UK.
Born in Liverpool, Nicholas was a chorister at the city's Metropolitan Cathedral before studying Modern Languages at Cambridge and voice at the RAM. He has since been in constant demand both in the UK and further afield in a wide range of concert, recital and opera engagements.
Widely known for his performances of Baroque repertoire, he has sung with some of its most noted exponents: Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort, John Butt and the Dunedin Consort. He has also sung to great acclaim with I Fagiolini, the King's Consort, Les Musiciens du Louvre, and other famous groups and opera houses worldwide.
Nicholas is also a committed recitalist appearing at the Wigmore Hall and other major festivals. His recording achievements are equally impressive and extensive with many Gramophone Awards to his name.
Born in Colchester, Robert studied at the University of Sheffield and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama before embarking on a solo career, both on the opera stage and concert platform.
Awarded the Erich Vietheer Memorial Award at Glyndebourne, he went on to appear as Mr Gedge Albert Herring, Marcello La Bohème, Count Almaviva Le Nozze di Figaro and Doctor Falke Die Fledermaus on the Festival Tour
Robert has sung under the baton of such distinguished conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Vladimir Jurowski, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Emanuelle Haim, Sir Mark Elder, Richard Hickox, Edward Gardner and Robin Ticciati.
As well as his opera and concert work, Robert is in demand as a consort singer. He regularly performs with the Dunedin Consort and has been featured as consort soloist with the Gabrieli Consort (Elijah, BBC Proms 2011).
Tickets: £16 - students and under 18s free
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