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Appearances with Wokingham Choral Society:

16th December, 2017 at Great Hall, University of Reading in Bach Christmas Oratorio

September 2017

Johnny Herford            Baritone

Johnny Herford graduated with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music Opera department in 2012, and the next year won the Song Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Competition, and later the Jean Meikle Duo Prize alongside pianist William Vann at the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition.

In 2015, Johnny was chosen by Philip Glass to create the role of Josef K in his newest opera, The Trial. The opera was premiered at the Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre, in a collaboration between the Royal Opera House and Music Theatre Wales.

Johnny has also performed the role of Josef K for Theater Magdeburg, making his German debut in April 2015. He returned to Music Theatre Wales for Peter Eötvös' The Golden Dragon. 2017 has also seen his debut at English National Opera in Mike Leigh's production of The Pirates of Penzance.

Other recent performances have included The Traveller in Britten's Curlew River (Opéra de Dijon), Kuligin in Janacek's Katya Kabanova (Opéra de Dijon), Emireno in Handel's Ottone (English Touring Opera), a tour of operatic highlights with Scottish Opera, and Nikitch in Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Johnny recently made his solo debut at the Wigmore Hall in a programme of Ravel, Schumann and Judith Weir, accompanied by James Baillieu. Elsewhere, he has performed with Joe Middleton in the Leeds Lieder Festival, with William Vann at Julius Drake's Machynlleth Festival and at the Oxford Lieder Festival, and with Gary Matthewman for Lied in London.

The last few years have seen the release of various recordings, including The Trial by Philip Glass, a Ralph Vaughan Williams disc titled "Purer than Pearl", a Fauré recording with the Orchestra of St John's, and recordings of contemporary English songs for Navona Records and Divine Art Recordings.

On the concert platform he appears as a soloist in music from Monteverdi to the present day, including Bach Passions and B-Minor Mass, Haydn Seasons, Mendelssohn Elijah, Brahms German Requiem, Mahler Rückert-Lieder, and Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs.