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Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041 (14’)
GREGORY BATSLEER – Conductor
STEPHANIE GONLEY – Violin / Director
MARY BEVAN – Soprano
CATRIONA MORISON – Mezzo-Soprano
THOMAS HOBBS – Tenor
CALLUM THORPE – Bass
Stravinsky’s Mass is a poignant piece that demands a top-notch choir to sing it. In the 10 years since Gregory Batsleer became Chorus Director, the SCO Chorus has gone from strength to strength and tonight he celebrates his anniversary by conducting this special concert.
Where Stravinsky is imposing, Haydn is grand and radiant: his mass was written shortly after his oratorio, ‘The Creation’, and it has the same hallmarks of great choral writing, wonderful instrumental cameos and a thrilling sweep to the finish. Between these monumental choral masterworks Stephanie Gonley plays and directs one of those marvellous pieces by Bach that you can never hear too often.
Stephanie Gonley has a wide-ranging career as concerto soloist, soloist/director of chamber orchestras, recitalist and chamber musician. She has appeared as soloist with many of the leading orchestras in the UK, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Vladimir Ashkenazy, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, the Manchester Camerata, The Hallé, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra.
In the 2018/19 season, Bevan debuts at the Royal Danish Opera as Bellezza in Il Trionfo del tempo e del desinganno, sings Merab/Saul at the Göttigen Handel Festival, title role Handel Susanna with Chamber Orchestra Basel and Paul McCreesh, a New Year gala with the OAE, and performs the world premiere of Roxanna Panufnik’s Faithful Journey with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the CBSO. Further ahead she will return to ENO and make her Opera Monte Carlo debut.
The Scottish mezzo-soprano Catriona Morison studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and at the University of the Arts in Berlin, graduating with a Masters in Opera with Distinction and continues to study with Prof. Siegfried Gohritz of the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar. In 2017 she became the first Brit and Scot to win the Main Prize as well as the Song Prize (jointly) at Cardiff Singer of the World. Before that won the “Toonkunst Oratorio Prize” at the 50. International Vocal Competition ’s-Hertogenbosch in 2014 and reached the final of the 9th International Hilde Zadek Competition in Vienna in 2015.
Highlights of the 2018/19 season include Monteverdi Vespers with RIAS Kammerchor in Japan, Polish Baroque music by G.G. Gorczyck with Wrocław Baroque Ensemble, Bach’s St John Passion with Le Banquet Celeste, as well as several concerts with Collegium Vocale Gent and Gli Angeli Geneva.
Praised for the power and depth of his voice, British bass Callum Thorpe initially pursued a scientific career, obtaining a PhD in Immunology from Imperial College London, before turning to music and studying at the Royal Academy of Music.