What to expect
With a relatively small but diverse list of
characters (Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, Zadok the Priest, two Harlots and a Levite) it is the choir in this wonderful oratorio that illustrates the grandeur and splendour of the Kingdom of Solomon. There are great choruses to learn seven of which are for eight voices.
Even if you are already familiar with a few of these choruses, Marco’s experience and interpretation is bound to excite and bring a new understanding of the music. Bethan aims to show us how different types of physical gesture can
influence the delivery of the sung text.
Musical Director Furness Bach Choir
Marco was appointed as Musical Director of Furness Bach Choir in 2017 and the choir has gained much from his experience and obvious enthusiasm for his profession. Starting as a chorister in the Cathedral Choir of the Duomo in Milan, Marco has sung on numerous occasions as a soloist and also with different chamber groups. He has recently completed his time as Junior Fellows conductor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He has studied under Ricardo Muti in Milan and has received tuition from both Sir Mark Elder and Martyn Brabbens.
Bethan Rhys Wiliam
Choreographer at the RNCM
Originally studying vocational dance, then becoming a professional ballet dancer, Bethan is currently a principal lecturer at RNCM specialising in movement, dance and physical awareness.
Her versatility has seen her work on Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Handel’s Belshazzar, numerous Gilbert and Sullivan performances, Sondheim’s Company and Alan Bennett’s adaptation of Wind in the Willows.
Marco has previously worked with Bethan on RNCM’s production of Elisir d’Amore and is delighted to be working with her again, introducing Furness Bach Choir and friends to a new level of physical awareness in their singing.