Fauré’s Requiem

Sat 1 May 2021, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

2019:20 Composers’ Hub Winner (RSNO Commission) World Premiere
Britten Sinfonia da Requiem
Fauré Pavane
Fauré Requiem

Kevin John Edusei Conductor
Susanna Hurrell Soprano
Marcus Farnsworth Baritone
RSNO Junior Chorus  

Still waters run deep. Gabriel Fauré was a quiet man, and there’s no anger or fury in his haunting Requiem - just some of the most beautiful choral music ever written, masking a whole world of heartfelt emotion. It’s a lovely showcase for our superb Junior Chorus, and a radiant contrast to Britten’s fiery and furious Sinfonia da Requiem, as well as a new work from our Composers’ Hub winner – all conducted by the inspirational Kevin John Edusei.

This concert is recommended by Classic FM

6.45PM: RSNO Junior Chorus Director Patrick Barrett in the Clyde Foyer.

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Featured Artists

Kevin John Edusei

Kevin John Edusei Conductor

Kevin John Edusei is praised repeatedly for the drama and tension that he brings to his music-making, for his clear sense of architecture and attention to detail. A suave and elegant figure on the podium, he has conducted widely across Europe, in particular in Germany and the Netherlands, dividing his time equally between the concert hall and the opera house. He conducts a broad range of repertoire from baroque to contemporary, with a particular interest in German music from the early romantic period and early 20th century. He is Chief Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra.

Highlights of Edusei’s symphonic engagements include the Rotterdam Philharmonic, with whom he conducted the European premiere of John Luther Adams’ large-scale work Become Desert Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bamberg Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra and in the United States the Colorado Symphony. In 2017 he made his debut at the BBC Proms with the Chineke! Orchestra, and in the same year conducted John Adams Nixon in China at the Zaterdag Matinee at the Concertgebouw.

Edusei was appointed Chief Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra in 2014. He has been applauded for introducing an eclectic range of repertoire into the MSO concert programmes and cultivating a loyal, trusting audience. In recognition of these achievements the orchestra was awarded the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Government in 2018. In 2019 Edusei lead the Munich Symphony Orchestra on their first tour of China and Korea.

In 2019 Edusei concluded his tenure as Chief Conductor of Bern Opera House, where he led many new productions including Brittne Peter Grimes, Strauss Salome, Bartók Bluebeard’s Castle, Wagner Tannhäuser, Janácek Kátya Kábanová, a cycle of the Mozart Da Ponte operas – described in the press as “rousing and brilliant” – and Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos which led the Neue Zürcher Zeitung to describe him as “the discovery” of the production. Elsewhere, Edusei has conducted at the Semperoper Dresden (Mozart Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Hindemith Cardillac) and in 2018 he made his debut at the Hamburg State Opera. He has conducted Mozart Die Zauberflöte at the Volksoper Wien and Komische Oper Berlin where he has also conducted Mozart Don Giovanni. In 2019/20 he makes his debut at the Hannover State Opera in a new production of Puccini Tosca and at the English National Opera in a new production of Mozart The Marriage of Figaro.

Edusei has a varied discography, which includes recordings with the Bern Symphony Orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra and Tonkünstler Orchestra, and he is currently mid-way through a cycle of the complete Schubert symphonies with the Munich Symphony Orchestra.

Born in 1976 in Germany, Edusei studied sound engineering (Tonmeister), classical percussion and orchestra conducting at the University of the Arts Berlin and the Royal Conservatory The Hague with Jac van Steen and Ed Spanjaard. In 2004 he was awarded the fellowship for the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival by David Zinman, in 2007 he was a prize-winner at the Lucerne Festival conducting competition under the artistic direction of Pierre Boulez, and in 2008 he won the International Dimitris Mitropoulos Competition.

Susanna  Hurrell

Susanna Hurrell Soprano

British soprano Susanna Hurrell is highly regarded as one of the most versatile singers of her generation. Since her critically acclaimed debut with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Lauretta Gianni Schicchi under Nicola Luisotti in 2016, her pure, clear tone and warm stage presence have garnered praise from audiences and critics throughout Europe and the UK.

Most recently Hurrell made her role debuts as Gretel Hansel and Gretel for the English National Opera / Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Rosalinde Die Fledermaus for Opera Holland Park and Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress for Opera Glass Works at Wilton’s Music Hall. She also sang Micaela in Barrie Kosky’s new production of Carmen at the ROH, Mélisande Pelléas et Mélisande at the Norwegian National Opera and Aldimira in Cavalli’s Erismena for the Aix-en-Provence Festival. In the 2019:20 season, Hurrell will make her role debut as Cleopatra Giulio Cesare and reprise the title role of Ravi Shankar’s only opera Sukanya with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Equally at home with contemporary repertoire, she recently sang Isabel in the Russian premiere of George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence at the Mariinsky Concert Hall, and in Philip Venables’ 4.48 Psychosis for the ROH, Prototype Festival in New York and Opéra national du Rhin, a role she originated in 2016.

Previous highlights include First Lady The Magic Flute at the ENO, Despina Cosi fan tutte at Opéra de Limoges, Norina Don Pasquale at Longborough Festival Opera, Governess The Turn of the Screw with Nevill Holt Opera, NI Opera and the Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre, Moscow, Rose Maurrant Street Scene for The Opera Group, Théâtre du Châtelet and Gran Teatre del Liceu, Nymph in Monteverdi L’Orfeo and Erisbe in Cavalli L’Ormindo for the ROH, and the title role Rodelinda for the London Handel Festival.

On the concert platform, Hurrell has recently performed Mahler Symphony No4 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Britten Les Illuminations with the English Chamber Orchestra, the world premiere of David Oppenheimer Deborah with the Southbank Sinfonia, Dido Dido and Aenas with The English Concert, Handel Messiah with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, and Mozart Festival Orchestra; and Bach Mass in B Minor with the BBC Singers.

Hurrell appeared in the television documentary David Starkey’s Music and Monarchy on BBC where she performed Parry Jerusalem and Arne Rule Britannia. Her latest discography includes Handel Messiah with the BBC Singers and the Norwegian Wind Band for Resonus Classics, and Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D with the BBC Symphony Orchestra for Chandos.

Marcus  Farnsworth

Marcus Farnsworth Baritone

Marcus Farnsworth was awarded first prize in the 2009 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and the Song Prize at the 2011 Kathleen Ferrier Competition. He has appeared in recital at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; La Monnaie, Brussels with Julius Drake; on a UK tour of Schubert Winterreise with James Baillieu; for Leeds Lieder with Graham Johnson and at Opéra de Lille with Simon Lepper. He has appeared many times at the Wigmore Hall with Malcolm Martineau, Julius Drake and Graham Johnson, the Myrthen Ensemble and Joseph Middleton, and with the Carducci Quartet.

Highlights of the 2019:20 season and beyond include a re-invitation to the LSO for James McMillan’s St John Passion, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda; Handel’s Brocke’s Passion with Arcangelo, conducted by Jonathan Cohen; a tour of Purcell’s King Arthur with the Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh and a tour and recording of Peter Grimes with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner.

Recent engagements have included appearances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in performances of Turnage’s The Silver Tassie, the world premiere of Cheryl Hoad’s Last Man Standing and Hubbard in Doctor Atomic conducted by John Adams. While with the London Symphony Orchestra, Marcus had great success in Candide, “Marcus Farnsworth (Maximillian/Captain) brought class to his all-too-brief moments in the spotlight”, conducted by Marin Alsop. Outside of the UK, Marcus travelled with the Aurora Orchestra and Nick Collen for Gruber’s Frankenstein in Cologne and made his debut at Teatro Real Madrid in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene.

He has performed Guglielmo Cosi fan Tutte, Novice’s Friend Billy Budd and Strephon Iolanthe all for ENO; Lance Corporal Lewis in the world premiere of In Parenthesis by Ian Bell for Welsh National Opera; Sid in Britten Albert Herring in concert with the BBC SO and Ned Keene Peter Grimes at Edinburgh International Festival with Edward Gardner. Other notable roles have included Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream on tour with the Aix en Provence Festival and Bergen National Opera, and Eddy in Turnage Greek for Boston Lyric Opera.

Marcus’ expansive concert repertoire includes Britten War Requiem; Elgar The Apostles; Orff Carmina Burana, Berlioz L’enfance du Christ; Brahms and Faure Requiems, working with orchestras including Adelaide Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, with conductors including François-Xavier Roth, Paul McCreesh and Bernard Labadie. He has also sung Bach St John Passion (bass arias) with the Ulster Orchestra; Bach St Matthew and St John Passion (bass arias and Christus) with the Gabrieli Consort and Monteverdi Vespers on tour with Emmanuelle Haïm.

A strong supporter of contemporary composers, he has sung works by John Tavener, Sally Beamish, Thomas Larcher, Peter Maxwell Davies and David Sawer. For the 2017 BBC Proms, Marcus performed Maxwell Davies Eight Songs for a Mad King with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, conducted by Sian Edwards. He was subsequently invited to perform the same piece with the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.

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

 RSNO Junior Chorus

RSNO Junior Chorus  

The RSNO Junior Chorus is one of the leading children and youth choirs in the UK, with over 400 members aged seven to eighteen. It was formed in 1978 by Jean Kidd and since 1994 has been directed by Christopher Bell. It has built up a considerable reputation singing under some of the world’s most distinguished conductors and appearing on radio and television. RSNO Junior Chorus members sing regularly with Scotland’s national orchestra in major concert halls and festivals throughout the country. The Junior Chorus has also sung at BBC concerts and regularly appears at the Edinburgh International Festival.

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