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Guitar & Tenor Lunchtime Recital

Sat, 9 February 2019 at 1.00pm

A Performance of Period Music for classical guitar (originally written for Lute) with vocals from long ago by Purcell, Dowland, Schubert and 20th Century works by Britten taking place in the Lady Chapel. 

Michael Butten, Classical Guitar

Born in Berkshire, Michael Butten studied at the Junior Academy where he twice won the Lower Strings Prize, being awarded a Scholarship at The Royal academy to study under Michael Lewin. In his first year, he won the ‘Julian Bream Prize’, adjudicated by Bream, and shortly after gained the Niervi/Bodrato Prize as the youngest semi-finalist at The Michele Pittaluga Guitar Competition in Alessandria. On completing his BMus degree with first class honours, he received from The Academy one of The Regency awards in 2014 as a Postgraduate and became the first guitarist to win the RAM Club Prize. Upon leaving The Academy in 2016, he also won the David Russel Prize.

Of particular interest to Michael are the often-neglected British composers, and the British Renaissance Lute repertoires.

 Joel Williams, Tenor

Joel Williams is a British Tenor and a member of the Royal College of Music’s International Opera School where he studied under Ben Johnson and is an HF Music award Holder supported by the RCM.

Joel made his operatic debuts at the Royal Opera House, English National Opera and at Glyndebourne as a boy treble and Trinity Boys Choir playing Cobweb in Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has also toured with The Monteverdi Choir and Sir Eliot Gardiner.

Joel spent a year a year at Princeton in the USA where he sang with the choirs of Trinity Church, St. Thomas, Fifth Street, NYC, and co-directed the Episcopal Choir of the University. He went on to take up a choral scholarship at King’s College, Cambridge before continuing his studies in London at the RCM.

 Admission Free. Retiring Collection in aid of Cathedral music funds & the Music Trust. 

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