Academy Choir and Baroque Players

Academy Choir and Baroque Players

Academy Choir and Baroque Players

Saturday 24 November 8.00pm

Sacred Heart Church, Edge Hill, SW19 4LU

£35/£28/£20 (Student £5)


Sponsor: Anonymous Wimbledon Resident

Change of performer: James Newby has had to withdraw (cycling accident) as Baritone soloist in Messiah. To be replaced by the brilliant young Australian, Morgan Pearse.

Handel knows better than any of us what will make an effect. When he chooses, he strikes like a thunderbolt

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Academy Choir and Baroque Players

Matthew Best conductor

Rowan Pierce soprano
David Allsopp countertenor
James Gilchrist tenor
Morgan Pearse baritone

Four outstanding soloists join the Academy Choir and Baroque Players for a performance of Handel’s great oratorio.

Handel’s exultant ‘I Know that my Redeemer Liveth responds at the close of the Festival to Haydn’s ‘Seven Last Words on the Cross’ with which it opened.

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BIOGRAPHY - Morgan Pearse

Matthew Best
Morgan Pearse is already established as one of the most exciting young baritones of his generation. In 2015/16 he made his debut at English National Opera singing Figaro/ Barber of Seville and returned to sing the role again in 2017/18. Other recent and future opera highlights include Figaro/ Le nozze di Figaro and Papageno/ Die Zauberflöte in Karlsruhe, Sid/ Albert Herring for the Buxton Festival, Belcore/ L’Elisir d’Amore and Figaro/ Barbiere for New Zealand Opera and covering the role of Billy Budd for the Bolshoi. Concert highlights include a solo recital at Wigmore Hall, appearances as soloist with the Birmingham Philharmonic, Moscow Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at the Newbury Festival, Huddersfield Choral Society, King’s College Choir Cambridge and Messiah with the Tasmanian, West Australian and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras. During the 2014/15 season Morgan joined Houston Grand Opera Studio where his roles included Papageno (The Magic Flute), Yamadori (Madame Butterfly), Anthony (Sweeney Todd) and the cover of Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte). He went on to perform Figaro in Corigliano’s Ghosts of Versailles for Wolftrap Opera in Virginia.

Born in 1988, Morgan Pearse studied at the Sydney Conservatorium & University and the Royal College of Music International Opera School, where he won the prestigious Lies Askonas Prize. He was selected by YCAT in 2013 and won the Gold Medal at the Royal Over-Seas League Competition. He won the Cesti competition in 2016.