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Glenn Kesby (Photo: Marie Bailey)

Glenn Kesby    Counter Tenor

Appearances with Wokingham Choral Society:

Bach 'Mass in B minor' in the Great Hall, University of Reading on November 16th, 2013.

Glen Kesby            Counter Tenor

Glenn made his professional singing debut at the 25th Handel Festival in Karlsruhe, Germany, where he played Adelberto in Handel's Ottone, conducted by Charles Farncombe CBE. Since then, he has played several lead opera roles including Julius Caesar and Ruggiero in Alcina for the Handel Opera Society, Rinaldo at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London, Apollo in Parnasso in Festa, and Tirinto in Imeneo with Baroque Encounter at St John's, Smith Square.

Other opera roles have included Silvio in Handel's Il Pastor Fido (Harmonie Universelle), Cupid in John Blow's Venus and Adonis, Spirit in Dido and Aeneas (Burghley Opera), and Venus in a concert performance of Pepusch's Venus and Adonis for the Handel House Museum. With Baroque Encounter he has also presented semi-staged performances of three of Handel's early dramatic cantatas, including Il duello amoroso and O come chiare e belle.

Glenn was a soloist for the modern-world premiere performance of the rediscovered Mozart orchestration of Handel's Judas Maccabaeus for John Pryce-Jones and the Halifax Choral Society, broadcast on BBC TV and on Trio Arts Channel (USA).

His other concerts have incorporated much of the main repertoire for counter tenor including Bach's St Matthew Passion and Handel's Messiah with the Halifax Choral Society, and also with Choros and Oxford Sinfonia, the first performance of a Bach Passion (St John) at Douai Abbey, Bach's Mass in B Minor in Cambridge, Purcell's Come ye sons of art away and Mozart's Coronation Mass for the Queen's Golden Jubilee at St Alban's Cathedral, and Pergolesi's Stabat Mater. His performances have contributed to festivals around the UK including the Chelsea, Rye, Shipton, Wandsworth, Dulwich, Edinburgh Fringe and Pennine Spring festivals, lute songs at Hampton Court Palace, and arias for counter tenor, oboe and orchestra in London and Brighton.

In recital Glenn has performed at the National Portrait and Dulwich Picture galleries, the Handel House Museum and St John's, Smith Square, in London. He has performed in Sweden, Germany, Hungary, Cyprus, Ireland, France and his native Australia. Though unsurprisingly he specialises in music from the baroque period his repertoire extends well beyond early music and he has given recitals of Finzi's Let us garlands bring, Britten's canticle Abraham and Isaac, and Berlioz's Les nuits d'été.

Glenn's plans include performances of Messiah with the East London Chorus and in Hastings, and a series of dates with his early music ensemble, Baroque Encounter, celebrating their tenth year together.

October, 2013