Marcus Farnsworth

  • Così fan tutte – Guglielmo

Marcus Farnsworth was awarded first prize in the 2009 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition and has appeared in recital at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, La Monnaie, Brussels with Julius Drake; on a United Kingdom tour of Schubert’s Winterreise with James Baillieu; for Leeds Lieder with Graham Johnson and at Opéra de Lille with Simon Lepper. He has appeared many times at Wigmore Hall with Malcolm Martineau, Julius Drake and Graham Johnson, the Myrthen Ensemble and Joseph Middleton and with the Carducci Quartet.

This season includes a return to English National Opera for Bill Bobstay in Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore, a European tour of Purcell’s King Arthur and The Fairy Queen with Vox Luminis, a French baroque programme with the Academy of Ancient Music and Peter Whelan; an Oxford Lieder recital presenting Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s new song cycle Everything Grows Extravagantly, Winterreise with Martin Roscoe for Manchester Chamber Concerts Society and a Dame Myra Hess concert at Wigmore Hall with the Nash Ensemble.

Last season highlights included performances of Bach St John Passion with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra; Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) at Longborough Festival Opera, and Colin Matthews’ The Great Journey at the Worcester Three Choirs Festival. On the recital platform he appeared with James Baillieu in a BBC Lunchtime recital and at Wigmore Hall with James Cheung.

Marcus has worked regularly with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, most notably in Turnage’s The Silver Tassie, the world premiere of Cheryl Hoad’s Last Man Standing and Hubbard in John Adams’ Doctor Atomic conducted by the composer.  With the London Symphony Orchestra he sang Bernstein’s Candide conducted by Marin Alsop and for the 2017 BBC Proms, he performed Maxwell Davies Eight Songs for a Mad King with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group conducted by Sian Edwards.

Marcus is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Southwell Music Festival.