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Appearances with Wokingham Choral Society: Michael R Bundy joined Wokingham Choral Society at Eton College School Hall on Saturday 17th Novemeber 2007 to perform Handel's Coronation Anthem 'My heart is inditing and Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate K165.

October 2007

Michael R Bundy       Baritone

Michael R Bundy studied with Hugues Cuenod and Erich Vietheer. He has performed widely in diverse genres with groups as varied as The Sixteen, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Futurum Ensemble of Sweden, and was a member of the BBC Singers. His operatic repertoire exceeds forty roles and he has travelled extensively, appearing twice at the opera house in Mauritius: He has sung with English National Opera, Kent Opera, Scottish Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

His Oratorio repertoire is catholic, performed in most of the cathedrals and major concert halls of the UK, and has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 the oratorio Poèmes Fransiscains by the organist-composer Bonnal. Work with Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert has included Bach's Saint Matthew Passion in Europe, Istanbul and Japan. He regularly appears as soloist with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir & The English Baroque Soloists in works such as Berlioz L'Enfance du Christ, Handel's Israel in Egypt, Bach's B Minor Mass and Haydn's Nelson Mass and the Odes and Masques of Purcell. In 2005 he broadcast on BBC Radio 3 the role of Gobryas in Handel's oratorio Belshazzar with Robert King and the King's Consort, and has recently sung Elgar's Dream of Geronitus in Ely and Rochester cathedrals and the Smetana Hall in Prague. He appeared with Theater Basel in Actus Tragicus - a new staging of some of Bach's church Cantatas by the renowned director Herbert Wernicke - and recently performed with Opera Restor'd and the Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin in their production of Lampe's comic opera The Dragon of Wantley at the 2007 Musikfestspiele Potsdam.

He specialises in French mélodie and a series of CDs featuring songs of Parisian organists - Widor, Vierne, Tournemire etc - is due for release shortly, and a book discussing the same subject - Prophets without Honour - is due for publication. Other recordings include Purcell's The Fairy Queen, with the Accademia Bizantia conducted by Ottavio Dantone. He maintains a strong interest in contemporary music, performing Jonathan Harvey's Passion and Resurrection, and the premières of Flowers (John Hardy), Helen of Braemore (Eddie McGuire) and Cecilia Macdowall's Stabat Mater. On a lighter note, he frequently broadcasts for BBC Radio 2, once singing a duet with Sarah Brightman, and has performed the roles of Olin Britt (Music Man) and Mr. Lindquist (A Little Night Music) in their series of Great American Musicals. He makes regular appearances on the long-running variety show Friday Night is Music Night as a 'Star Singer'.