Bedford Corn Exchange
Haydn – Creation on Saturday, November 17th 2018 at the Bedford Corn Exchange – 7.30pm.
Conductor: Ian Smith
Orchestra: Bedford Sinfonia
Soprano – Bethany Seymour read music at University of Leeds, with a year of her studies involved studying at the Musikhochschule in Köln with Barbara Schlick. She now divides her time between a solo career and performing in small vocal ensembles both in the UK and across Europe. Bethany spends much of her time on the continent and has performed in many music festivals. In the UK Bethany sings with several ensembles including Yorkshire Bach Choir and Yorkshire Baroque Soloists with whom she has sung soprano solo on three recordings for Signum records: Bach St John Passion, Bach B minor Mass and Bach St Matthew Passion. She has also live appeared on BBC Radio 3 Early Music Show and In Tune.
Her concert career has focused on oratorio and early opera (staged performances of Purcell King Arthur, Fairy Queen, Dido & Aeneas and Pergolesi L’Olympiade) and baroque cantatas by composers including JS Bach, Handel, A Scarlatti, Conti and CPE Bach particularly with trumpet. She frequently performs programmes with continuo in repertoire by Carissimi, Purcell and Handel. She also enjoys singing with fortepiano in programmes of early lieder.
In 2013 Bethany was awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship in connection with the National Centre for Early Music.
Recent highlights include Handel Solomon in Moscow and Perm, Messiah in Essen and on 9th December she will perform Christmas Oratorio in York Early Music Christmas Festival. When not singing, Bethany has spent the majority of this year planning her upcoming Christmas wedding.
Tenor – Joel Williams is a tenor on the Graduate Diploma course at the Royal College of Music where he studies with Justin Lavender and Andrew Robinson, and is an RCM Scholar supported by a Soirée d’Or Award and the Josephine Baker Trust.
Joel made his operatic debuts at Royal Opera House, English National Opera and Glyndebourne as a boy treble playing, amongst other roles, Cobweb in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In oratorio he toured with the Monteverdi Choir.
Joel studied History at King’s College, Cambridge, where he was a Choral Scholar, taking part in daily chapel services, recordings, and radio and television broadcasts. He was a soloist on many of the choir’s recordings, including its latest, Favourite Carols from King’s.
As a concert soloist he has performed a broad range of repertoire including Bach’s St Matthew Passion, and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor Horn and Strings. On stage, he has sung in Mozart’s The Magic Flute and in Phantom of the Opera. Joel looks forward to his solo debut for the RCM International Opera School as Mr Upfold, in Britten’s Albert Herring.
Joel is passionate about art song. He has had success in song competitions, winning the Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize Competition at the Royal Academy, the Sidney Sussex Lieder Competition, and the Pembroke Lieder Scheme.Joel recently performed with Kitty Whately at the Wigmore Hall, which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Bass – Benjamin Bevan is the youngest of fourteen siblings and sang in the Bevan Family Choir. He started out as a wine merchant whilst harbouring dreams of becoming a professional cricketer. Not having enough talent in either of these spheres he decided to turn to singing and won a scholarship to The Guildhall School of Music.
Ben has sung roles with Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, Nationale Reisopera, The Royal Opera, English Touring Opera, Opera de Lausanne, The Royal Danish Opera, Dijon Opera and at Garsington Opera.
On the concert Platform, Benjamin has performed with Bach Collegium Japan, The English Concert, The Royal Northern Sinfonia and with The Stavanger Symphony Orchestra.
Ben has sung at many of the notable festivals including The Three Choirs Festival, London Handel Festival, the Northlands Festival, Aix en Provence, Canterbury and The Perth International Festival in Australia. He has recorded with Hyperion Records.
Ben lives in Kent with his wife and two children.
Next year Ben is touring the St. John passion the day after Brexit then off to Minnesota to sing Handel’s Messiah
You can purchase tickets via the Bedford Coin Exchange website or at their box office.