Marcus Farnsworth, Baritone
Almost local, Marcus began his musical training as a chorister at Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire where he attended the Minster Comprehensive School! He went on to Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester to study the Trumpet and Jazz Piano and it was here that he began formal vocal training with Martin Bussey. He read music at the University of Manchester graduating with a first class honours degree in 2005.
Whilst at university singing became his first study, though Marcus also spent a lot of time conducting. He ran the University Chamber Choir Ad Solem for two years and upon graduating was appointed Conductor of Manchester University Chorus, a post he held from 2005 to 2009. He was also appointed Assistant Musical Director of the St George's Singers. During this time he began freelancing in oratorio, opera and recital work in addition to singing as a Lay Clerk at Manchester Cathedral and as a member of the BBC Daily Service Singers.
In 2007 Marcus began his postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Glenville Hargreaves and Audrey Hyland. On graduating from the RAM he was awarded a DipRAM, the Academy’s highest performance award. He now studies with Gary Coward in London.
Marcus is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Southwell Music Festival. He is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and President of the St George’s Singers.
Highlights of the 2016/17 season and beyond include Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream on tour with the Aix en Provence Festival; Eddy in Turnage Greek for Boston Lyric Opera; The Traveller in Britten’s Curlew River in a European tour with Ian Bostridge; Birtwistle The Last Supper with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins, as well return invitations for recitals at the Wigmore Hall, London with James Baillieu and Amsterdam Concertgebouw with Joseph Middleton.
In concert Marcus has appeared with the Adelaide Symphony, Royal Scottish National, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras; RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Dublin; BBC Symphony, Philharmonic and Scottish Symphony Orchestras in repertoire including Britten War Requiem, Elgar The Apostles, Carmina Burana; Berlioz L’enfance du Christ, Brahms and Faure Requiems conducted by François-Xavier Roth, Paul McCreesh, Claus Peter Flor; Bernard Labadie and Edward Gardner.
Marcus 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.