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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 Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel, Schubert and Schumann song cycles, Finzi, Bach and Britten.

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Joanne Lunn & James Gilchrist on tour

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Posted 24/11/2022

Joanne Lunn and James Gilchrist will undertake a European tour together with Bach Collegium Japan under Music Director, Masaaki Suzuki, performing Bach's great Mass in B Minor and a programme of Bach Cantatas including "Was frag ich nach der Welt" BWV 94; "Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben" BWV 102 and "Unser Mund sei voll Lachens" BWV 110. Performing alongside Joanne and James are soprano, Aki Matsui, counter-tenor, Alex Chance and bass, Christian Immler.
 

The tour begins on 30 October with the Mass in B Minor in Wroclaw's Narodowe Forum Muzyki, followed by the Cantata programme on 1 November at the Kölner Philharmonie and 2 November at the Wiener Konzerthaus. They then travel to the Tonhalle Düsseldorf on 4 November (Mass in B Minor), Eglise St. François Lausanne on 6 November (Cantatas), Philharmonie de Paris on 7 November (Mass in B Minor), Antwerp's International Kunstcentrum de Singel on 8 November (Cantatas), ending the tour with performances of the Mass in B Minor at Madrid's Auditorio Nacional de Música on 10 November and at the Hague's Zuiderstrandtheater on 12 November.

Other highlights for Joanne this season include Handel’s Messiah with Concerto Copenhagen in Denmark, Angel in Schutz’s Christmas Story with the Dunedin Consort at London’s Wigmore Hall, Steffanis’ La Libera with Musica Alta Ripa in Hannover and a Netherlands tour of Bach’s St Matthew Passion with De Nederlandse Bachvereniging.
 

Later this season, James returns to the role of Reverend Horace Adams in Deborah Warner’s production of Peter Grimes, making his company debut at the Opéra national de Paris. Elsewhere in Europe, he will will sing St John Passion a number of times across the season – with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto, at Westminster Cathedral, and with the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra in Dublin.
 

For more information on their European tour, visit the Bach Collegium Japan website.

 

 

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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

Recital (with Joseph Middleton) / Leeds Lieder 


”James Gilchrist is the ideal singer for this music, given his forthright, passionate style and his instinctive feeling for the language; in the first song, ‘Auf dem Hügel sitz ich spähend’ the word ‘Seufzer’ (sighs) was given the perfect onomatopoeic emphasis, and the fifth, ‘Es kehret der Maien’ conveyed all the heady excitement of Springtime [...] This was a performance of true partnership, with the dramatic moments startlingly powerful and the tender ones beautifully phrased"

Melanie Eskenazi, MusicOMH (Oct 2022)



Bach MASS IN B MINOR  / Philharmonia Baroque


”In Philharmonia Baroque’s performance of the B-minor Mass, several sections stood out as particularly stunning. The Domine Deus section in the Gloria was beautifully sung by soprano Mary Bevan and tenor James Gilchrist, who were gorgeously accompanied by flutists Stephen Schultz and Lars Johanesson."

James Roy MacBean, The Berkeley Daily Planet (Feb 2022)



Recital: Divine Love and Earthly Passions / National Centre for Early Music, York


”James Gilchrist gave both songs the kind of committed performance we’ve come to expect from him, with ‘Ständchen’ in particular sounding very appropriate when sung to the background of the guitar, creating a real sense of a hopeless serenade."

Melanie Eskenazi, Music OMH (Dec 2021)



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