Welcome 2022

Matthew Brook
July 15, 2022

I am very glad to be getting back into regular working conditions after all the worrisome Covid lockdowns. It’s great to see fuller audiences, as confidence levels grow, at home and abroad.

I had a very busy Easter 2022, with Passions, Cantatas, Apollo e Dafne, Haydn’s Creation and Seasons, Brahm’s Requiem and even a cheeky couple of Messiahs in Scotland! I was very pleased to perform these fabulous works in iconic venues including Carnegie Hall NYC, Symphony Hall, Montreal, Boston Symphony Hall, Wigmore Hall and Cologne Philharmonie.

I have just finished a run of seven performances of Verdi’s Otello with Gianluca Marciano conducting and David Alden directing at Grange Park Opera. I was singing the role of Lodovico. The theatre there is only a few years old and is a fantastic place to perform, and it is in the most beautiful Surrey countryside.

Some of my current plans had to change due to Covid, so I will miss not singing Mendelssohn’s St Paul in St Albans. I have plans to sing Dvorak”s Requiem at the Hereford Three Choirs Festival, Bach’s B Minor Mass at the BBC Proms with the OAE and John Butt, and also in Germany with Harry Christophers and The Sixteen.

Please keep an eye out for my autumn schedule.

I was honoured to be part of a team who won the BBC Music Magazine Choral Award this spring, with the Dunedin Consort’s recording for Linn Records of Bach cantata Ich habe genug, and others. It was a fulfilled dream! We were restricted during lockdown, having planned to tour the piece, so the wonderful Jo Buckley, John Butt and Phil Hobbs (Linn records) said, “let’s just record then”. And so we did, in a very very cold church in north London. What a joy!

Please feel free to buy the CD, download from the Linn website. It has a lovey booklet and fine, original artwork on the cover. It is, of course, available to hear on several streaming services too.

Also, please try to support promoters creating wonderful festivals for your delight. They are very worried about not achieving their full houses they need to help fund these events. It’s tough out there for everyone I know, but these promoters have to take so many risks at the moment.  Thank you for your support.

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Thanks to  Gerard Collett and Errollyn Wallen for permission to use their photos.