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James Gilchrist

Tenor

Recognised as ‘the finest Evangelist of his generation’, James Gilchrist is one of the UK’s leading tenors, whose extensive repertoire embraces works spanning many centuries. He is an enthusiastic and prolific exponent of lieder and enjoys nothing better than putting together interesting and challenging recital programmes. His impressive discography includes the Schubert and Schumann song cycles, Finzi, Vaughan Williams and Britten.

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James Gilchrist autumn recitals: Oxford Lieder & more

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James Gilchrist returns to the Oxford Lieder Festival 2021.

On Tuesday 19 October James joins Jocelyn Freeman at St John the Evangelist Church. Titled 'On the River', the programme features Gurney, Strauss and Schubert, finishing with Schubert's Auf dem Strom. Later in the week James will be accompanied by Eric McElroy, performing works by McElroy, alongside pieces by Lennox Berkeley, John Ireland and Doreen Carwithen. The performance will take place on Friday 22 October at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building.

Following this, he joins pianist Nathan Williamson for  recital at the Britten Studio, Snape Maltings on Sunday 24 October to showcase works featured in their recent album release, 'The Art of British Song’.

 

James returns to the Wigmore Hall on 3 November to perform Huw Watkins' one-act opera In the Locked Room alongside Ruby Hughes, and Jess Dandy, and Britten Canticle II, accompanied by Huw Watkins.

 

 

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Repertoire Includes

Concert

ALWYN

Invocations: A Leave-Taking

BACH

B Minor Mass

Various Cantatas

Christmas Oratorio

Easter Oratorio

Magnificat

Mass in G Minor, BWV 235

Mass in G Major

Missa Brevis

St John Passion

St Matthew Passion

BEAMISH

Ode to The West Wind

BEETHOVEN

An Die Ferne Geliebte

Christus Am Ölberge

Mass in C OP. 86

Missa Solemnis

BERLIOZ

L’enfance Du Christ

BRITTEN

Albert Herring

Church Parables

Curlew River, The Burning Fiery Furnace, The Prodigal Son

Les Illuminations De Rimbault

Nocturne

Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings

St Nicholas

War Requiem

Spring Symphony

The Company of Heaven

The Holy Sonnets of John Donne (op.45)

Winter Words (op. 52)

On This Island (Auden)

Owen Wingrave

Turn of the Screw

BUXTEHUDE

Membra Jesu Mostri

CARISSIMI

Jephtha

CHARPENTIER

Te Deum

DELIUS

Brigg Fair

DVOŘÁK

St Ludmilla

Stabat Mater

FAURÉ

La Bonne Chanson

FINZI

Dies Natalis

For St Cecilia

Intimations of Immortality

Oh Fair to See

Till Earth Outwears (Hardy)

A Young Man’s Exhortation (Hardy – Op 14)

GLUCK

Alceste

GRIEG

Six Songs (Op. 48)

HANDEL

Acis And Galatea

Alexander’s Feast

Athalia

Belshazzar

Esther

Flavio (Ugone)

Hercules (Hyllus)

Israel In Egypt

Jephtha

Judas Maccabaeus

L’allegro, Il Penseroso ed Il Moderato

Lotario

Messiah

Ode for St Cecilia’s Day

Samson

Solomon

Theodora

HAYDN, MICHAEL

Missa in Honorem Sanctae Ursulae

Requiem for Archbishop Sigismondius

HAYDN

Creation

Nelson Mass

Stabat Mater

The Seasons

HOLD,, TREVOR

Glasgerion (2003)

HUMMEL

Mass No.2 in E Flat Op. 80

KORTH

Ode to A Nightingale

MARSHALL

Dark Disputes and Artful Teasing

MATHIAS

This Worlde’s Joie

MATTHEWS

One Foot in Eden

MONTEVERDI

Elijah

Hymn of Praise (Lobgesang)

St Paul (Paulus)

MONTEVERDI

Vespers

Combattimento

MOZART

Coronation Mass

Mass in C Minor

Regina Coeli K276

Regina Coeli, Kv108

Requiem

Vesperae Solennes De Dominica, K321

Zaide (Gomatz)

NYSTEDT

Apocalypsis Joannis

ORFF

Carmina Burana

FRANCIS POTT

The Cloud of Unknowing (2006 Premiere)

POULENC

Metamorphoses

PURCELL

King Arthur

St Cecilia’s Day Ode – Hail Bright Cecilia

Various Other Odes

QUILTER

To Julia

RACHMANINOV

Vespers

RAMEAU

Cantatas

ROSENMULLER

Laudate Pueri

Nisi Dominus

ROSSINI

Petite Messe Solennelle

ROTH

Romantic Residues (Text By Vikram Seth)

SCARLATTI

St Cecilia Mass

SCHUBERT

Masses

Die Schöne Müllerin

Schwanengesang

Winterreise

SCHUMANN

Liederkreis (Op 24 & Op 39)

Dichterliebe (Op 48)

Das Paradies Und Die Peri

SCHUTZ

Musikalisches Exequien

Christams Story

SELF

The Goddess in the Wood

STAINER

Crucifixion

STANFORD

Te Deum

STRAUSS

Ariadne Aux Naxos (Scaramuccio)

STRAVINSKY

Pulcinella

Cantata

Renard

Oedipus Rex

The Owl & The Pussycat (Lear)

TIPPETT

A Child of Our Time

Boyhood’s End (Hudson)

The Knot Garden

Songs for Achilles

The Blue Guitar

TAVENER

Total Eclipse

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

On Wenlock Edge

Sir John in Love

A Poisoned Kiss

The Pilgrim’s Progress

Serenade to Music

Songs of Travel

WARLOCK

The Curlew

WEIR

Scotch Mintrelsy

WOLF

Italienisches Liederbuch

 
 

Press

SOLITUDE [Chandos Records]

”Gilchrist is, as ever, a hugely clear and communicative singer, in perfect balance with Tilbrook’s sense of focus and poise"

Erica Jeal, The Guardian (July 2020)
 

“James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook offer an interpretation that combines refinement and simplicity.”
 

“James Gilchrist details the text with finesse and refinement.”
Pierre Degott, ResMusica (July 2020)

 

"Equally compelling is Solitude (Chandos) by James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook, a well-established and ever brilliant tenor-piano duo: in addition to Schubert, Barber and Purcell (arr. Britten), Jonathan Dove’s cycle Under Alter’d Skies, a restless and beguiling setting of Tennyson, is the rewarding centrepiece."
Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian (July 2020)
 

Bach ST JOHN PASSION / Bach Collegium Japan

 

“At the centre of it all, figuratively and literally, was tenor James Gilchrist as the narrating Evangelist, sweet-sounding yet compellingly direct as both storyteller and preacher – one with his feet on the ground, not in the pulpit.

Erica Jeal, The Guardian (March 2020)

"James Gilchrist's Evangelist is admirable, spontaneous and recited in a rich voice and at ease throughout the range. He tells us about these tragic events with a well-balanced mixture of compassion and distance: involved and convincing but without resorting to harshness or excess of “pathos”."
Xavier Rivera, Crescendo Magazine - review of CD recording (Dec 2020)

Leeds Lieder Charity Concert / Wigmore Hall

 

“James Gilchrist showed once again that he has few equals amongst tenors with a beautifully expressive performance of Quilter’s ‘Fear no more the heat of the sun.’’

Melanie Eskenazi, MusicOHM (June 2019)

Bach ST MATTHEW PASSION / Tafelmusik & Masaaki Suzuki

“I was especially entranced watching James Gilchrist, our Evangelist. The role of the Evangelist is enormous, and includes several distinct sorts of singing. At times Gilchrist is telling the story quickly in a very light declamatory recitative, soaring at times to the top of his range. I just pulled out my score, there’s at least one high B, perhaps it even goes higher? Now add in the fact that he’s not just singing but telling the story. Yet that’s the least of it. He’s involved in this story, the way a prophet would be involved in such a report, virtually preaching.  No that’s not the way some people sing it, but Gilchrist isn’t most people.  There are also arias, sometimes sung very sweetly, sometimes in a fiercely dramatic style. Gilchrist was perfectly in tune all night, clearly articulating his text, but most importantly offering genuine ministry in telling Jesus’s story in this musical form. And (as I mentioned) when he wasn’t singing he was absorbed in the music-making all around him.”

Leslie Barcza, barczablog (March 2019)

Purcell KING ARTHUR / Gabrieli Consort & Players

 

“Tenor James Gilchrist made a sturdy yet smooth-edged delight out of How blest are shepherds”

Clive O’Connell, The Syndey Morning Herald (February 2019)

 

“A beaming James Gilchrist, whose tenor has a delightfully pure tone, even got horizontal on the stage as a snoozing shepherd”

Patricia Maunder, Limelight Magazine (February 2019)

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