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Gwilym Bowen

Tenor

Acclaimed for the clarity and beauty of his singing and dynamic stage presence, British tenor Gwilym Bowen performs internationally with orchestras and ensembles of the highest calibre. Gwilym was made an Associate Artist of Ian Page’s Classical Opera Company / The Mozartists ahead of their Mozart 250 exploration of 1769, and he collaborates regularly with Richard Egarr and Stephen Layton with the Academy of Ancient Music and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Gwilym’s repertoire ranges from the Baroque to the contemporary, with a specialist interest in Bach, Monteverdi and Handel.

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Artist Manager

Camilla Wehmeyer

camilla@wehmeyermanagement.com

Associate

Mary Donald

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News

ST John Passion on Palm Sunday

Gwilym Bowen sings the Evangelist in Bach's St John Passion with the Britten Sinfonia.

On 28th March, Palm Sunday, Gwilym Bowen will sing the Evangelist in Bach's St John Passion in a free pre-recorded broadcast from Saffron Walden's Saffron Hall.  Daniel Hyde, Director of Music at Kings College, Cambridge, conducts the Britten Sinfonia and a hand-picked choir of soloists, including Will Gaunt as Christus. This concert will be available to view from 7pm on Palm Sunday on Britten Sinfonia's website, Saffron Hall's website and on Youtube and will be available on demand for one month.

 

Click here for more information about this free-streamed concert.

  

Later this season, Gwilym will be appearing as Snout in The Grange Festival's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

 

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Repertoire Includes

Concert

BACH

Cantatas 4, 8, 11, 42, 55, 61, 75, 78, 100, 103, 106, 109, 116, 144,

150, 157, 171, 198, 201, 207, 213, 214

Johannes-passion (Evangelist & arias)

Magnificat in D/Eb

Mass in A

Mass in B Minor

Matthäus-passion (Evangelist & arias)

Weihnachts-oratorium (Evangelist & arias)

 

C.P.E. BACH

Johannespassion

Magnificat

 

BEETHOVEN

Mass in C

 

BRITTEN

Les Illuminations

Serenade

St Nicolas

War Requiem

 

BRUCKNER

Mass in D

 

CHARPENTIER

Messe de minuit pour Nöel

 

CHILCOTT

Requiem

 

DUSSEK

Mass in G

 

DVOŘÁK

Stabat Mater

 

HANDEL

Alexander’s Feast

Brockes-Passion

„Chandos“ Anthems

Dixit Dominus

Israel in Egypt

Jephtha

L'allegro, il penseroso ed il moderato

Messiah

Solomon

 

HAYDN

Creation

Missa in Angustiis “Nelson Mass”

Missa in Tempora Belli

The Seasons

Theresienmesse

 

LEIGHTON

Crucifixus pro nobis

 

MACMILLAN

All the hills and vales along

 

MAHLER

Das Lied von der Erde (Schoenberg/Riehn chamber arrangement)

 

MENDELSSOHN

Elijah

St Paul

Symphony No 2 “Lobgesang”

 

MONTEVERDI

Vespro della Beata Vergine 1610

 

MOZART

Krönungsmesse

Mass in C minor

Requiem

 

ORFF

Carmina Burana

 

SCHUBERT
Mass in G

 

SCHÜTZ

Weihnachtshistorie

 

WOLF

Passionsoratorium

Opera

BERKELEY

A Dinner Engagement (H.R.H. Prince Philippe)

 

BRITTEN 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander)

 

de’ CAVALIERI

Rappresentatione di Anima e di Corpo (Intelletto)

 

DEBUSSY

Pelléas et Mélisande (Pelléas)

 

DOVE     

Siren Song (Davey)

 

GLUCK

Bauci e Filemone (Giove)

 

HANDEL

Acis & Galatea (Damon)

Ariodante (Lurcanio)

HASSE

Piramo e Tisbe (Il padre)

BARNABY MARTIN

Far from the Madding Crowd (Sgt Troy)

 

MONTEVERDI

L’incoronazione di Poppea (Lucano, Valletto, Arnalta, Liberto, highest Famigliare, primo soldato, secondo soldato)

Il ritorno di Ulisse in Patria (Eurimaco, Giove, Telemacho)

 

PUCCINI

Gianni Schicchi (Gherardo)

 

PURCELL

Fairy Queen (Attendant, Phoebus, Summer &c.)

Dido & Aeneas (Sailor)

 

RAMEAU

Zaïs (Un sylph)

MATT ROGERS

And London Burned (Smith)

JOEL RUST

Nauset

 

STRAVINSKY

The Rake’s Progress (Tom Rakewell, Sellem)

Various, arr. FIŠERA/KAMPS

Be With Me Now

KATE WHITLEY

0520  

Bonesong

Unknown Position

 
 

Press

“We had in tenor Gwilym Bowen a seraphic herald of good tidings: looking with golden curls like a Botticelli angel, his exquisitely gentle ‘Comfort ye’ hung in the air like a beam of light...his melting tone provided a fine contrast with the robust contributions of seasoned bass Neal Davies”

Helen Wallace, BBC Music Magazine

“something of a rising glory”

Geoff Brown, The Times
 

Handel BROCKES PASSION / Academy of Ancient Music

“Peter’s agony is particularly well caught by the tenor Gwilym Bowen”

Geoff Brown, The Times

“The young tenor Gwilym Bowen emerges as one of the most exciting voices on the set, raging furiously in the bravura ‘Gift und Glut’"

Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical

“an intensely dramatic Peter, whether in his splenetic outburst at Judas’s betrayal (‘Gift und Glut’) or his own self-lacerating remorse (‘Heul, du Schaum!’)””

Richard Wigmore, Gramophone
 

Monteverdi L'INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA / Angers-Nantes Opera

"We note the piquant Valetto of Gwilym Bowen, with never-failing articulation: it's a true pleasure to "taste the text" in these scenes, Bowen revealing the exasperation as much as the sensual outbursts of which the character is capable"

Alexandre Pham, classiquenews
 

Berkeley A DINNER ENGAGEMENT / Royal Academy of Music Opera

"As Sellem, Gwilym Bowen offered a very different sense of humour, utterly captivating, never outstaying its welcome, and likewise never at the expense of excellent musical values, line and attention to the words exemplary"

Mark Berry, Seen & Heard International
 

 

James Macmillan ALL THE HILLS AND VALES ALONG / Edinburgh International Festival

“Bowen articulated Sorley’s brutally honest account of war with heart-felt passion”

Susan Nickalls, The Scotsman
 

Bach WEIHNACHTS-ORATORIUM / Australian Chamber Orchestra

"All of this glory was outshone by young tenor Gwilym Bowen...Vibrant, expressive, agile and dramatic, this crowned an astounding array of vocal quality throughout the performance"

David Barmby, Limelight
 

Bach MASS IN B MINOR / Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Cond. Layton)

“I relished Bowen’s nicely plangent tone which also has underlying strength. This is very accomplished singing"

John Quinn, Music Web International
 

Bach MATTHÄUS-PASSION / Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

"The Evangelist, Gwilym Bowen, was a consistently intense presence, plangent and vocally at ease even in the highest-lying sections of his part. This was the most immersed I’ve seen an Evangelist in the drama, at turns grief-stricken and desperate...yet all felt in service of the music, never detracting from it"

Simon Holden, Bachtrack

"If Bach's St Matthew Passion were his opera manqué, then Gwilym Bowen's Evangelist achieved divo status. He delivered narrative as living drama, never missing a detail or inflection"

William Dart, New Zealand Herald
 

Handel MESSIAH / Seattle Symphony Orchestra

"Bowen made the kind of impact not heard here since the lone Messiah appearance in Seattle of the great English tenor Philip Langridge, back in the late 1970s. Lyrical and agile, with considerable expressive depth, Bowen delivered every phrase as if it had just occurred to him, with unfailingly expressive spontaneity. His Thy rebuke was positively heart-rending"

Melinda Bargreen, Seattle Times

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