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Marcus Farnsworth


Marcus Farnsworth was awarded first prize in the 2009 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and the Song Prize at the 2011 Kathleen Ferrier Competition. He has appeared in recital at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, La Monnaie, Brussels with Julius Drake; on a UK tour of Schubert Winterreise with James Baillieu; for Leeds Lieder with Graham Johnson and at Opéra de Lille with Simon Lepper. He has appeared many times at the Wigmore Hall with Malcolm Martineau, Julius Drake and Graham Johnson, the Myrthen Ensemble and Joseph Middleton and with the Carducci Quartet.

The 2018-19 Season sees Marcus return to the BBCSO for performances of Turnage’s The Silver Tassie and the World Premiere of Cheryl Hoad’s Last Man Standing. Other highlights include London Symphony Orchestra Candide, with Marin Alsop and a return invitation to Bergen Opera also for Candide. He will work with the Aurora Orchestra for performances of Gruber’s Frankenstein in London and Cologne and will return to the Gabrieli Consort for a tour of Australia for Purcell’s King Arthur, conducted by Paul McCreesh

Recent highlights have included a performance and recording of Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony conducted by Martyn Brabbins, and a performance of John Adams The Wound Dresser, both with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Other concerts featured a staged performance of the Messiah (English Concert) and a European tour with the Gabrieli Consort King Arthur. He appeared in the acclaimed new ENO production of Iolanthe, directed by Cal McCrystal and made his debut at Teatro Real Madrid in Kurt Weill Street Scene.

Other notable roles have included Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream on tour with the Aix en Provence Festival; Eddy in Turnage Greek for Boston Lyric Opera. He has performed Guglielmo Cosi fan Tutte, English Clerk Death in Venice and Novice’s Friend in Billy Budd, all for ENO; Lance Corporal Lewis in the world premiere of In Parenthesis by Ian Bell for Welsh National Opera and Sid in Britten Albert Herring in concert with the BBC SO. Further afield, Marcus has sung Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Bergen National Opera. In concert, he performed Hubbard in Doctor Atomic conducted by John Adams, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Ned Keene Peter Grimes at Edinburgh International Festival with Edward Gardner.

Marcus has performed Britten War Requiem; Elgar The Apostles; Orff Carmina Burana; Berlioz L’enfance du Christ; Brahms and Faure Requiems with orchestras including Adelaide Symphony, Royal Scottish National, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras; RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Dublin; BBC Symphony, Philharmonic and Scottish Symphony Orchestras conducted by François-Xavier Roth, Paul McCreesh, Bernard Labadie. He has also sung Bach St John Passion (bass arias) with the Ulster Orchestra; Bach St Matthew and St John Passions (bass arias and Christus) with the Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh and Monteverdi Vespers on tour with Emmanuelle Haïm.

A strong supporter of contemporary composers, he has sung works by John Tavener, Sally Beamish, Thomas Larcher, Peter Maxwell Davies and David Sawer. For the 2017 BBC Proms, Marcus performed Maxwell Davies Eight Songs for a Mad King with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, conducted by Sian Edwards.

Marcus is the founder and artistic director of the Southwell Music Festival.