Australia with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Bach's Christmas Oratorio and performances of Brahms' Requiem in China. Alex's recordings include Monteverdi's Vespers for DVD with John Eliot Gardiner (to be released late 2014), Oedipus Rex, Stravinsky, with the London Symphony Orchestra, and Handel's Giulio Cesare (DVD) for Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
Earlier in 2015, Bach’s B minor Mass tour took the Choir to Munich, Frankfurt, Lucerne and Paris. Further projects this year include performances at several major summer festivals as well as the Choir’s first Far East tour in more than a decade, with concerts in Hong-Kong, Seoul, Beijing and Shanghai.
anDrew tortiSe, tenor
SoloiStS alex aShworth, Baritone Alex Ashworth is a concert and opera singer working across Europe and the United Kingdom. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music and has since made his debut with opera houses including Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera. Abroad he has performed for the Opéra Comique in Paris, Opéra de Lille and the Icelandic Opera. Alex sings regularly in concert and has worked as a soloist for conductors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Colin Davis and Paul McCreesh. Recent appearances include the UK première, with the Classical Opera Company, of Telemann's Orfeo as Pluto, Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem with the Hallé Orchestra, Messiah with the CBSO and City of Birmingham Choir in Symphony Hall, Birmingham, a tour of
Andrew Tortise was a choral scholar at Wells Cathedral and graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2002.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Last year, the Choir celebrated its 50th anniversary with performances of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 in Cambridge, Barcelona and Versailles and an extensive European and U.S. tour of Handel’s Dixit Dominus. It collaborated with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in a performance of Schumann’s Manfred under the direction of Sir John Eliot Gardiner; and released an acclaimed new album of English polyphony, Vigilate!
He has appeared on tours with Sir John Eliot Gardiner singing Purcell, Bach and Monteverdi, and with ensembles such as the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment, Le Concert Spirituel and Combattimento Consort, Amsterdam, among others. He has given recitals at the Aldeburgh Festival with Malcolm Martineau and in Bruges with Richard Egarr. Recent highlights include The Spirit of the Masque in a new production of Britten Gloriana for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw for Lyon Opera; Novice in Billy Budd and Janek in The Makropulos Case for Netherlands Opera; David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Ferrando in Così fan tutte for Welsh National Opera. Concert plans this season include Monteverdi L’incoronazione di Poppea with Academy of Ancient Music; Elijah with the Bach Choir; Ode to St Cecilia and Brockes Passion for the Bilbao Handel Festival. Opera plans include returning to Covent Garden to sing Marzio in Mozart’s Mitridate and Vogelgesang in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; and his debut at Theater an der Wien in a staged Bach Christmas Oratorio. 21