April 28th 2018
500 years of Choral Music and Popular Opera Choruses
A programme of European Sacred music pieces and opera choruses
including the Pearl Fishers Duet
Saturday 28th April 7:30pm St Peter's Church, Fleetwood
Tickets £10 from choir members or on the door
Christoper Littlewood - Tenor
Christopher has recently graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a First Class BMus (Hons) in Vocal Performance. Christopher's operatic roles include Prince Phillipe A Dinner Engagement; Monsieur Triquet Eugene Onegin; Spoletta Tosca; Daniel Buchanan Street Scene; Njegus The Merry Widow. He also regularly sings in the opera chorus at Bergen National Opera.
Christopher was awarded the Elsie Thurston Song Prize in 2013 and has since worked with distinguished artists such as James Gilchrist, Ian Partridge, Sir John Tomlinson, Louise Winter and Kim Begley. He is a regular guest soloist throughout the UK and has performed works including Mozart's Requiem, Handel’s The Messiah, Haydn's The Creation, Bach's Magnificat, Gounod’s Messe Solennelle, and, in 2015, Christopher made his debut at the Bridgewater Hall as the Tenor soloist in the UK premiere of Penderecki's Symphony No.7 'Seven Gates of Jerusalem
James Berry - Baritone
Baritone James Berry began his musical training as a chorister at Lichfield Cathedral, Staffordshire. After studying at Bloxham School and King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon, he read Religion and Anthropology at the University of Manchester, while learning singing with Andrew Heggie. He then started his formal vocal training at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), studying with Paul Nilon. While there, he was awarded the John Cameron Prize for the Singing of Lieder, and was a finalist in both the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for the Singing of Strauss and the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Award for Singers.
James’s recent work has included covering solos for Bergen Nasjonale Opera’s staged production of Messiah, and First Burgess, Chorus (Peter Grimes) with Bergen Philharmonic at the Bergen International Festival, Ali (The Italian Girl in Algiers) with Mananan Opera, Valens (Theodora) with RNCM Opera, Barone Douphol (La Traviata) with Mananan Opera and Henri Martel (Un Mari à la Porte) with Manchester Opera Ensemble. James’s future engagements include Chorus (La Traviata) with Longborough Festival Opera in June.
James is currently resident in Manchester, where he is a Lay Clerk at Manchester Cathedral
Accompanist - Christopher Jones
Christopher sang as a chorister at St David's, Neath before moving to Cardiff to study music. During his 6 years there he completed undergraduate and postgraduate study and took on the role of Director of Music at All Saints church, Rhiwbina, where he undertook a project to rebuild the once impressive music department. Alongside this he played as chapel organist of St Michael's Theological college, Llandaff, and as accompanist to a number of local choirs.
In 2015 he was appointed Organ Scholar of Bristol Cathedral where he spent one year before moving to Blackburn Cathedral as Organ Scholar (to summer 2018). He has given many recitals at Bristol Cathedral, Blackburn Cathedral and Bath Abbey as well as in Italy
Messa di Gloria by Puccini
Magnificat by John Rutter