Handel's Messiah - Concerts in Cardiff this Christmas
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St David's Hall, Cardiff - Saturday 9th December at 7.30 pm



TICKETS from £9 to £30 with concessions for students, children and disabled) plus the St David's Hall Ticket Service Charge of £3.95 per transaction.

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"the perfect Christmas present!"




Cardiff Polyphonic Choir returns to St David's Hall with conductor David Young and the baroque orchestra "Réjouissance" (leader Simon Jones) with the Christmas 2017 performance of MESSIAH.

Here is an introduction to the 4 highly talented soloists who perform regularly and to great acclaim on the international concert stage and who will be joining us on the 9th December.


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Soprano: Sarah Tynan's exceptional versatility and engaging stage presence have earned her a place in the league of elite British sopranos. She enjoys huge success in baroque, classical and contemporary repertoire, and appears regularly with leading orchestras and ensembles. Last season Sarah received rave reviews for Aldeburgh’s staged production of Britten’s Les Illuminations, prompting The Times to comment that her extraordinarily intrepid performance surely crosses into realms where no opera singer has gone before."

In the 2016/17 season, Sarah returned to the English National Opera to make her role debut in the title role of Handel Partenope under the baton of Christian Curnyn, in Christopher Alden’s Olivier Award-winning production. She closes the season with performances as Fiorilla in Rossini Il Turco in Italia at Garsington Opera, under David Parry. In concert Sarah sang Orff Carmina Burana with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, St Matthew Passion with the Bach Choir, Poulenc Stabat Mater with Ulster Orchestra and Jac van Steen, title role in Handel Semele for the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston, and Woglinde in Wagner Das Rheingold with the Halle Orchestra. She also sang Haydn The Creation with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Edward Gardner, as well as in further performances of the Ballet Rambert / Garsington Opera co-production at Sadler’s Wells, and made her debut at the Maggio Musicale in Florence singing Brahms Requiem under Sir Jeffrey Tate.




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Countertenor: William Towers read English at Cambridge University and was a postgraduate scholar at the Royal Academy of Music. He appeared extensively as a soloist in Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach Cantata Pilgrimage and his performances in the complete Bach series have been issued on CD.

His opera engagements have included Medoro (Handel Orlando) and  Farnace  (Mozart  Mitridate Re di Ponto) for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Oberon (Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream) for Teatro La Fenice Venice, Teatro Petruzzelli Bari, Teatro Municipale Valli Reggio Emilia,  Staatsoper Hanover, for the Royal Opera at the Linbury, and for the Aldeburgh Festival, Apollo (Britten Death in Venice) for La Monnaie Brussels, Luxembourg Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Prague State Opera, Aldeburgh Festival, Oper Frankfurt and the Bregenz Festival,  Ottone (Monteverdi L’incoronazione di Poppea) for the Teatro Real Madrid and Frankfurt, Orlando (Handel Orlando) at the Goettingen Festival, at the Drottningholm Theatre and with the Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco, Poro (Handel Poro) at the Goettingen Festival, Giulio Cesare (Handel Giulio Cesare) for Gothenburg Opera,  Unulfo (Handel Rodelinda) for the Bolshoi Moscow, Ottone (Handel Agrippina), Ruggiero (Vivaldi Orlando Furioso) and Egeo (Handel Teseo) for Frankfurt, Ottone (Handel Ottone) and Ozia (La Guiditta) at the Casa da Musica Porto, Orfeo (Gluck Orfeo) in Monte-Carlo, Cristiano Mago (Handel Rinaldo) for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lotario (Handel Lotario) for the London Handel Festival and Eustazio (Handel Rinaldo) for Grange Park Opera. 


Yet for style and assurance, it was the countertenor William Towers who stood out. Of all the elegant elaborations of the da capo arias, his were the boldest, and in the aria "He Was Despised" the beauty and directness of expression of his voice sent a shiver down the spine. - The Guardian




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Tenor: Joshua Ellicott represents an extraordinary talent, effortlessly crossing genre from Song to Opera to Concert repertoire with his sweet-toned, flexible yet powerful, lyric tenor voice. His versatile musicianship is apparent in the wide range of repertoire in which he excels and the comprehensive list of conductors and ensembles with whom he works.

Described by the Wiener Zeitung as "the magnificent tenor" for his performance with Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Purcell’s Fairy Queen he has also been described by the New York Times as a “stand out in an excellent cast” for his portrayal of Andres in Wozzeck with the Philharmonia and Esa Pekka Salonen at the Lincoln Centre New York.

Joshua was born in Manchester and is a graduate of the University of York where he read music. From there he progressed to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he studied singing, aided by a full scholarship. A landmark in his developing career came in 2006 when he was the overall winner of the International Vocal Concours in ‘s Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, as well as taking four of the remaining nine prizes for song, musical interpretation and opera.





Bass Baritone: Matthew Brook is one of the country's leading and most experienced bass-baritones. He has appeared as a soloist throughout Europe, Australia, North and South America and the Far East, working extensively with conductors such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Harry Christophers, Christophe Rousset, Paul McCreesh, John Nelson, Thomas Zehetmair and Sir Mark Elder, and many orchestras and groups including the Philharmonia, LSO, the St Petersburg Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the English Baroque Soloists, the Gabrieli Consort & Players, the Sixteen, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, the Hallé Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Tonhalle-Orchester, Zurich, and Collegium Vocale Gent.

Recent and future highlights include Argenio Imeneo at the Göttingen International Handel Festival, Fauré’s Requiem with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Monteverdi Vespers with the Dunedin Consort, Mozart’s Requiem with the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with the Hallé Orchestra, Zoroastro Orlando with the English Concert, Handel’s Messiah with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and with the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra, Il Re di Scozia Ariodante with the Staatstheater Stuttgart and on tour with the English Concert, Bach’s Lutheran Masses with the Academy of Ancient Music, and performances of Bach’s B Minor Mass and The Dream of Gerontius with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

“Matthew Brook was outstanding.” – The Guardian



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