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Clonterbrook Music Room Recital Series
Michael Gibson, accompanied by Martyn Parkes
Sat 30 October, 7pm

For those of you who still feel apprehensive about venturing back out to the theatre, Clonter is still committed to ‘Keeping You Entertained’.

This February you may recall that we were unable to share the Opera Prize Concert with a live audience, but we recorded it behind closed doors, and many of you booked a ‘Pay What You Feel’ ticket to watch this event and cast your vote. Thanks to both the panel and the audience vote two artists received a prize, which this year was split between a cash prize and a recording opportunity, as Clonter identified early on in the pandemic that this was possibly the most constructive support to emerging singers that we were able to provide. To that end, both the winner and runner up were offered a recording opportunity. In reverse order, we are now delighted to be able to share with you the recording of the recital given by tenor, Michael Gibson,
the Royal College of Music (Ex Royal Northern College of Music) nominee.

Michael Gibson Recital – Promo

Michael Gibson Recital – Première

Opera Prize 2021 – Michael Gibson’s Arias

Where e’re you walk Semele Handel
La fleur que tu m’avais jetée Carmen Bizet
Dies Bildnis Die Zauberflöte Mozart

Michael Gibson Recital

Un momento di content Alcina George Frideric Handel
Total Eclipse Samson George Frideric Handel
Prologue A Midsummer Night’s Dream Benjamin Britten
Ludlow Fair by Ivor Gurney
Gallipoli by Ian Bell
The Choirmaster’s Burial by Benjamin Britten
Wie stark ist nicht dein Zauberton Magic Flute Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Here I Stand Rake’s Progress Igor Stravinsky
Lonely House Street Scene Kurt Weill
The Cloths of Heaven by Thomas Dunhill
My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns
The Midges by Kenneth McKellar

Michael Gibson (Tenor)

Scottish tenor Michael Gibson is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Music’s International Opera Studio, where he studied with Professor Janis Kelly and held the Aldama scholarship. He previously graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, completing a Bachelor of Education in Music, and the Royal Northern College of Music, where he completed his Masters. Recent roles include Tamino Die Zauberflöte (cancelled due to Covid-19), Azael L’enfant Prodigue, Ecclitico Il mondo della Luna at the RCM Opera Studio and Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi at the RNCM. In  scenes he has performed as Roméo Roméo et Juliette, Tom Rakewell The Rake’s Progress, Fenton Falstaff, Jaquino Fidelio, Novice Billy Budd, Anatol Vanessa and Le Chevalier Dialogues des carmélites. Michael has been a member of the Glyndebourne chorus during the 2021 season, and is returning for the Glyndebourne tour this Autumn, where he will also cover Sellem in The Rake’s Progress. Michael was a runner-up in the 2021 Clonter Opera Prize, and is a Making  Music Phillip and Dorothy Green Young Artist. He has participated in public masterclasses with Sir Thomas Allen, Susan McCulloch & Sir Graham Vick. An in-demand concert soloist, Michael has performed works including Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Bach’s St John Passion and B Minor Mass, Finzi’s Dies Natalis and  Puccini’s Messa di Gloria. He has also given performances of song cycles including An die ferne geliebte, Winter Words, Ludlow and Teme and Die schöne Müllerin. Michael’s studies were generously supported by the Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarships Trust, the Cross Trust, the Dewar Arts Awards, the Robertson Trust and Help Musicians’ UK.

Martyn Parkes (Accompanist)

Since becoming a professional piano accompanist in 1997, Martyn Parkes has been privileged to work with some of the world’s best instrumentalists and singers, giving recitals at many prestigious venues including The Bridgewater Hall, Wigmore Hall, St Martin in the Fields and St James’s Piccadilly, UK, as well as recitals and masterclasses in Iceland, Australia and New Zealand. He has performed and recorded as orchestral pianist with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra and Manchester Camerata. He has worked on projects for BBC television and radio, including Classical Star, The Kiri Prize and BBC Young Musicians. In January 2006, Martyn was appointed as a full time Accompanist at the renowned Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, UK. He combines his work there with freelance accompaniment work, which ranges from performing and recording to coaching singers and teaching piano. Martyn is also the founding member of Impromptu Opera and the accompanist for Art Song International.

This broadcast will be available to watch free of charge.