The LONDON BACH SINGERS

 

The London Bach Singers is a chamber choir of virtuosi, specifically founded to perform the great choral works of Bach with their sister group the Feinstein Ensemble.


The singers specialise in single-voice performances of Bach’s Cantatas, Passions and Masses. Each member is an established soloist in their own right with a vast experience in the performance of baroque music.

THE SINGERS


Faye Newton - soprano

Faye has a diverse repertoire ranging from the twelfth to the eighteenth centuries. She is member of Philip Pickett’s New London Consort, with whom she has performed as a soloist in many prestigious venues, including the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.  In January 2009 she made her solo debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in Handel’s Ode for St Cecilia’s Day, with Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. In 2000 she formed duo Trobairitz with vielle player Hazel Brooks to specialise in the courtly song repertory of the twelfth to the fourteenth centuries. Their CD, ‘The Language of Love’ (songs of the troubadours and trouvères), was released on the Hyperion label in 2007 to international critical acclaim.



William Purefoy - countertenor

A graduate of Magdalen College Oxford, William attended the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and studied with David Pollard. Recent productions include Gesualdo with Scottish Opera and The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit at Carnegie Hall. Recordings include Ode for Saint Cecilia's Day and David's Lamentation Over Saul and Jonathan for ASV Gaudeamus, Terror and Magnificence for Decca Argo. He was also featured in the BBC documentary “In Search of Shakespeare”. Operatic work has included roles with Scottish Opera, Theater Basel, Staatsoper Hannover, the Royal Albert Hall BBC Proms, Garsington, and Shakespeare's Globe.



Timothy Travers-Brown - countertenor

Tim has appeared as a soloist throughout Europe, Japan and the USA. Artists he has worked with include The Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner, The English Concert, Le Concert d’Astree, Laurence Cummings and The London Handel Orchestra, The Gabrieli Consort under Paul McCreesh, The Sixteen and Harry Christophers, Nicholas Kraemer, La Grand Chappelle, pianist Jeremy Filsell and lutenist David Miller. In opera he has sung Mopsa and Monostatos for Armonico Touring Opera, and Orfeo for Peter Holman and The Parley of Instruments. Recordings include Cantatas by Handel and contemporaries with The Musicke Companye and Bach Cantatas with Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki. Timothy is a Professor of Singing at Trinity College of Music, London and a private vocal coach.



Nicholas Hurndall Smith - tenor

Nicholas studied at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and then with David Pollard on the Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s Opera Course, supported by The Leverhulme Trust and The Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipemakers and Tobacco Blenders. He began his career with a Rodney Milnes review in Opera Magazine: “The tenor Nicholas Smith shone especially brightly, a most accomplished actor as well as an inventive singer” and has since sung Lurcanio, Snout and Don Curzio for ETO, Tamino for Longborough Festival Opera, McHeath for Opera Project, and Lysander for BYO. He recently sang Bach’s St John Passion at the London Handel Festival, Bach Cantatas 63 and 65 with the Academy of Ancient Music, Britten’s St Nicolas with the London Mozart Players and War Requiem with the combined choral societies of Cumbria. He is a member of the highly acclaimed solo-voice ensemble I Fagiolini.



Ben Davies - bass

Ben studied at the Royal Academy of Music.  He has sung major roles at many important venues including the Vienna Festival, Netherlands Opera and the Opera Comique, Paris, under Sir John Eliot Gardiner at the Opera de Lyon and at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Recent concert performances include The Fairy Queen, Messiah, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, the Fauré Requiem and both the St Matthew and St John Passions for Harry Christophers and The Sixteen; Mozart’s C Minor Mass and Purcell’s Ode on St Cecilia’s Day for Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort, Bach’s St John Passion with the Milano Orchestra Verdi for Robert King and Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, C Minor Mass and Requiem with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists. Plans for the future include the St Matthew Passion for The King’s Consort and Monteverdi Vespers for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.



James Gower - bass

James was born in Newport, South Wales and studied at St John’s College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music.  He is currently studying with Cathy Pope and Robert Lloyd. James made his English National Opera debut performing Lord Krishna/Parsi Rustomji Satyagraha by Philip Glass and joined the ENO Young Singers Programme for the 2007/2008 season.   As an associate artist with Welsh National Opera, James performed Un Moine Don Carlos and Second Armed Man Die Zauberflöte.  For Glyndebourne Festival Opera he performed Pinellino Gianni Schicchi, (broadcast on BBC TV and performed at the Proms) and Erster Priester/Zweiter geharnischter Mann Die Zauberflöte.  Recent concert engagements include Messiah with the RSNO; Christus St John Passion and arias St Matthew Passion Bath Abbey.  James has a wide oratorio repertoire and is in demand throughout the country. Engagements outside the UK have included Israel in Egypt, Pagano I Lombardi and Silva Ernani at Dortmund’s Konzerthaus.


Director - Martin Feinstein

Reviews


St John Passion, QEH 2011

"An immaculate sense of pace and mood kept everyone riveted through both the hurtling momentum of Christ's arrest and trial and the protracted anguish of the crucifixion."

THE GUARDIAN


Cantatas, Bach Weekend at Southbank Centre 2012

“This concert was one of many pleasures in the Southbank’s annual Bach Weekend, presided over by flautist Martin Feinstein and his ensemble. The ensemble have a splendid vigour and clarity of sound and with the London Bach Singers they rose fully to the challenge of the Chorale Cantatas which were the weekend’s finale.”

THE INDEPENDENT