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.

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Reminder of Important Dates

4 Sep
- 1st rehearsal
29 Sep
(Sat) 10-4 - Combined Choir rehearsal, Royal Grammar School Newcastle.
9 Oct - AGM
No half term break in October
3 Nov (Sat) 10-4 - Combined Choir rehearsal, Stockton Baptist Church
4 Nov
(Sunday) 1-8 - Orchestra rehearsal, Ripon venue. No choirs
9 Nov
(Friday) 7-10 - Full rehearsal for all choirs and main orchestra, Middlesbrough Town Hall
10 Nov
(Sat) - Britten: War Requiem , Sage Gateshead. Soloists and chamber orchestra 12-1, rehearsal for all 2-5, performance 7.30pm
11 Dec
- Alison Gill plays for rehearsal
16 Dec (Sunday) - Family Christmas Carol Concert, Rehearsal 1.30-2.30, Concert 3-4.15, St Barnabas Church. Fishburn Band, Alison Gill.

8 Jan - First rehearsal
19 Feb - Half term
6 April (Sat) - Concert. Mozart Vespers, Bernstein Chichester Psalms, Mozart Requiem, Stockton Baptist Church. Katherine Broderick, Anna Huntley, Nicky Spence, Gavan Ring. Mowbray Orchestra.
9 & 16 April - Easter break.
23 April - first rehearsal
28 May - Half term
28 June (Friday) - Concert: Baltic Cruise and Homecoming, Middlesbrough Cathedral. Rehearsal 6pm, Concert 7.30.

3 Sep 2019 - first rehearsal
12 Oct - Mahler 2, Ripon Cathedral
6 Dec - Possible performance at Middlesbrough Town Hall - to be discussed.
15 Dec (tbc) - Family Christmas Carol Concert