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Magnus Walker


Tenor Magnus Walker has just completed his undergraduate degree at the Royal Academy of Music and has remained there for his Masters, studying under the tutelage of Richard Berkeley-Steele and Matthew Fletcher where he has recently won First Prize in the Joan Chissell/Rex Stephens award for Schumann Lieder.

While at the Academy, Magnus has undertaken many different projects: he has performed a recital of duets by German Lieder composers Brahms and Schumann, taken part in the Spencer Collection, and given the world premiere of Mario Ferraro’s new song cycle Songs from a distant Land for tenor and guitar. He was a regular member of the chorale for the Kohn Bach Cantata series, and now sings in the ‘Bach the European’ series, including solos in the St Matthew Passion with Trevor Pinnock.

Magnus made his Three Choirs Festival soloist debut in Elgar’s The Kingdom in 2016. Concert highlights since include Mozart’s C Minor Mass at St John’s Smith Square, the arias in Bach’s St John Passion and St. Matthew Passion, and David Owen Norris’ Song Cycle Think Only This, for Tenor, Cello and Piano. Magnus made his international solo debut in 2017, performing the tenor solo in Britten’s War Requiem with the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra. In summer 2018, Magnus returned to the Three Choirs Festival to sing Lili Boulanger’s setting of Psalm 130: Du Fond de L’Abime. He has sung in the chorus for staged productions of Semele (Royal Academy Opera, 2018) and Die Entführung auf dem Serail (2017).

Magnus takes a big interest in the performance of Art Song, the most notable project this year being performances of Schubert’s Winterreise around the UK. Magnus also works professionally as an ensemble singer with groups such as the Oxford Bach Soloists, Classical Opera and the Mozartists.

Upcoming engagements include performing the role of Lysader in the Royal Academy Opera’s production of Britten’s a Midsummer Night’s Dream and a collection of Rachmaninoff songs in a recital held also at the Academy.

Last updated: Sep 2020