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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.
Christmas concerts in Norwich & Saffron Walden
Gwilym Bowen sings Bach's Christmas Magnificat:
On 18 and 19 December, tenor Gwilym Bowen will join conductor Stephen Layton and the Britten Sinfonia as part of the Polyphony Soloists in a seasonal choral programme including Morten Laridsen's O Magnum Mysterium and J S Bach's great Magnificat in D. Public performances take place at 5.30pm and 8pm on 18 December at St Andrew's Hall, Norwich and at 4.30pm and 7pm on 19 December at Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden. There will be socially distanced seating at these concerts, and tickets are available via the Britten Sinfonia website.
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)
Mass in C
Mass in D
Messe de minuit pour Nöel
Mass in G
Israel in Egypt
L'allegro, il penseroso ed il moderato
Missa in Angustiis “Nelson Mass”
Missa in Tempora Belli
Crucifixus pro nobis
All the hills and vales along
Das Lied von der Erde (Schoenberg/Riehn chamber arrangement)
Symphony No 2 “Lobgesang”
Vespro della Beata Vergine 1610
Mass in C minor
Mass in G
A Dinner Engagement (H.R.H. Prince Philippe)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander)
Rappresentatione di Anima e di Corpo (Intelletto)
Pelléas et Mélisande (Pelléas)
Siren Song (Davey)
Bauci e Filemone (Giove)
Acis & Galatea (Damon)
Piramo e Tisbe (Il padre)
Far from the Madding Crowd (Sgt Troy)
L’incoronazione di Poppea (Lucano, Valletto, Arnalta, Liberto, highest Famigliare, primo soldato, secondo soldato)
Il ritorno di Ulisse in Patria (Eurimaco, Giove, Telemacho)
Gianni Schicchi (Gherardo)
Fairy Queen (Attendant, Phoebus, Summer &c.)
Dido & Aeneas (Sailor)
Zaïs (Un sylph)
And London Burned (Smith)
The Rake’s Progress (Tom Rakewell, Sellem)
Various, arr. FIŠERA/KAMPS
Be With Me Now
“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