Cleveland Philharmonic Choir

Philip Smith - Baritone

One-time zoologist and National Otter Surveyor of England, Philip hung up his waders to study singing with Barbara Robotham at the Royal Northern College of Music, graduating with distinction in 2008.  He is a Samling Scholar, a Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme alumnus and a Crear Scholar.  He continues to have lessons with Robert Dean.

He regularly performs in concerts and recitals across the UK, mainland Europe and beyond.  In the last few years he has performed in Poland, Malta, Spain and France and more recently in Dubai.  In the UK he has performed at many of the major festivals with pianists including Roger Vignoles, Joseph Middleton and Dominic Harlan.  He has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and has recorded Tit for Tat (Britten) as well as a few of Britten’s unknown childhood songs with Malcolm Martineau.  Recent oratorio performances include The Creation (Haydn), Requiem (Fauré), B Minor Mass (Bach), Belshazzar’s Feast (Walton), Five Mystical Songs (Vaughan Williams), A Child of Our Time (Tippett) and Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini).

Philip has a thriving operatic career in addition to his recital work and he appears in houses across Europe.  As well as working with many of the major opera companies in the UK, he has been invited to perform at the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte, Montepulciano, twice and made his European house principal debut in 2012 as Sid in Albert Herring (Britten) for Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen.  Last year he sang Junius in The Rape Of Lucretia (Britten) in Florence, Reggio Emilia and Ravenna, Italy.
Future engagements include Papageno in Italy, Don Giovanni in Guildford and work at Polish National Opera as well as concerts at the Sage Gateshead and the Wigmore Hall.

JS Bach: Mass in B Minor

Stockton Parish Church. 17th March 2018, 7:30pm


See Concerts page for details of this and our other planned concerts.

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Announcements for Choir Members

Happy 2018 to all our choir members - past, present and future! We are looking forward to an exciting year, with two of the greatest choral works in our sights - Bach's B Minor Mass and Britten's War Requiem.

There are some lovely new photos of the Junior Choir - take a look at their Recent Events on the CPJC tab

See Music page for required mark-ups to the New and Old Novello editions of the Bach, and mark up your copy accordingly.

See Denis Rigg's website where you can buy prints from his excellent portfolio of photographs - all profits go to our War Requiem fund.

See DATES section farther down page

You might be interested in an orchestral concert in Darlington - see details below:


DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

2018
Tue 9 Jan
- First rehearsal, Spring term
Tue 13 Feb - No rehearsal
Sat 3 Mar - Choral Day, Mass in B minor
Sat 17 Mar - Mass in B minor, Stockton PC
Tues 3 and 10 Apr - No rehearsal
Tues 17 Apr - First Rehearsal, Summer term
Sat 21 Apr - Study session on WR, Newcastle.
Sat 19 May - Choral Day (WR, combined choirs, Durham)
Tue 29 May - No rehearsal
Fri 22 Jun
- An Evening of French Music, St Mary’s

Rest of July and August - No rehearsal

Tue 4 Sep - First rehearsal, Autumn term
Sat 29 Sep - Choral Day (WR, combined choirs, Newcastle)
Tue 23 Oct - No rehearsal - half term
Sat 3 Nov - Choral Day (WR, combined choirs Stockton BT)
Fri 9 Nov - 7-10 Rehearsal for choirs and orchestra (M’Bro TH)
Sat 10 Nov - Sage, War Requiem
Sun 16 Dec (tbc) - 3pm St Barnabas, Carol Concert

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