Gareth Brynmor John (baritone) is the winner of the 2013 Kathleen Ferrier Award. He held a choral scholarship at St John’s College, Cambridge, before taking a place at London’s Royal Academy of Music where, in his final year, he won the Royal Academy of Music Patrons’ Award and was awarded the Silver Medal by the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
Gareth’s operatic roles with Royal Academy Opera include Eugene Onegin, Claudio Béatrice et Bénédict with Sir Colin Davis, The Ferryman Curlew River, Sprecher Die Zauberflöte, and Sir Thomas Bertram Mansfield Park (by Jonathan Dove). Other roles include Cecil Maria Stuarda, Papageno The Magic Flute, Sid Albert Herring, Gendarme Les mamelles de Tirésias, Theseus A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Escamillo Carmen, Eliab (Samuel Hogarth’s David and Goliath), and Il Conte Le nozze di Figaro. He created the character Carl in Stefano Gervasoni’s opera buffa Limbus Limbo which premièred in September at the Strasbourg Festival Musica.
Gareth has performed with a number of the UK’s leading orchestras and ensembles including The Philharmonia, the London Mozart Players, Brandenburg Sinfonia, and Charivari Agréable. Recent concert highlights include Bach’s St Matthew and St John Passions; Elgar’s Coronation Ode; Handel’s Messiah, Judas Maccabeus and Alexander’s Feast; Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs and Sea Symphony; Rachmaninoff’s The Bells; and Britten’s War Requiem.
Gareth has a strong interest in song repertoire and performs in the Songsmiths series at St John’s Smith Square. He gave his debut Wigmore recital earlier in 2103 with a programme including Brahms, Schubert, Vaughan Williams and Ravel. Other recent performances include Britten Songs and Proverbs of William Blake at the Wigmore Hall, Brahms op. 71 and Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch at the Royal Academy of Music, a recital at King’s Place featuring works of Brahms, and various settings of the work of English poet Walter de la Mare as part of the London English Song Festival.
Gareth is taught by Mark Wildman and coached by Iain Ledingham, and gratefully acknowledges the support of the Countess of Munster Trust and the Sybil Tutton Award administered by the Musicians Benevolent Fund.