Marcus Farnsworth (baritone) began singing as a chorister at Southwell Cathedral and is currently studying on the opera course at the Royal Academy of Music.
Current and future plans include performances of Bach’s ‘Cantata 82’, ‘Ich habe Genug’ and Zelenka’s ‘The Lamentations of Jeremiah’ with The Academy of Ancient Music throughout the UK and at the Gerberoy Festival in France; Bach’s ‘St John Passion’ also with the Academy of Ancient Music; Bach’s ‘St Matthew Passion’ with Ex Cathedra in Birmingham and Charpentier’s ‘Te Deum in D’ at the Three Choirs Festival, Worcester.
Opera plans include Kilian’s ‘Der Freischütz’ with the LSO and Sir Colin Davis and the title role in Britten’s ‘Owen Wingrave’ as part of the 10th anniversary of the International Chamber Music Festival in Nuremberg.
Recent performances have included Duruflé’s ‘Requiem’ with Schola Cantorum, Oxford and ‘Messiah’ with Sir David Willcocks at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Marcus was awarded first prize in the 2009 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition. Other awards include the Sir Thomas Armstrong Prize, the 2009 Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize, and the 2008 Major van Someren-Godferey Prize for English Song.