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We were delighted to welcome Jonathan Brown in his first appearance with Wokingham Choral Society, singing in Tippett's Child of Our Time on 26th November 2000.

He joined the Society again at Eton College School Hall on 30 March 2003 to perform Vivaldi's Gloria, Handel's Coronation Anthems (including Zadok the Priest) and Handel's Ode on St. Cecilia's Day.

Jonathan Brown Bass-Baritone

Jonathan Brown was born and raised in Toronto. He has studied music at the University of Western Ontario, the Royal Conservatory· of Music (Toronto) and the University of Cambridge (Clare College), England and holds degrees and diplomas from all these institutions.

He has worked with Phillippe Herreweghe, touring South America as Christus in the St John Passion and has also recorded the baritone solos in Purcell's Ode on St. Cecilia's Day with Herreweghe for Harmonia Mundi. Other recordings include Blow's Venus and Adonis and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas under the direction of René Jacobs, also for Harmonia Mundi, and the Fauré Requiem with the London Festival Orchestra for BMG.

Earlier this year he made his debut with Sir John Eliot Gardiner as soloist in Cantatas of Bach and has since then become a regular soloist on the Bach pilgrimage. Recent concert work has included the Bach Magnificat under Sir Roger Norrington, Bach Cantatas in St John Smith's Square London, Brahms Requiem, Haydn Creation, St Matthew Passion in Cambridge, Cork and Dublin, Saul in King's College, Cambridge, Nelson Mass in Canterbury Cathedral and Messiah in Canada. Operatic roles have included Count Almaviva in Figaro's Wedding and Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas.

Jonathan Brown directs and sings in the all-male vocal ensemble Henry's Eight. Under his direction. Henry's Eight has recorded six CDs for Hyperion and Et'Cetera, the most recent of which has been nominated for a Gramophone award. The groups' current schedule has included concerts in Belgium, Holland, Israel, Moscow, Poland as well as venues across the UK. Future performances this year are scheduled for Cambridge, Barcelona, Hannover, Cardiff and London.

Jonathan Brown is a presentational star...he made the evening entertaining as well as uplifting.
Henry's Eight / Bath Festival / The Sunday Times

The Count's (Jonathan Brown) commanding stage presence and .seemingly effortless performance combined with his incredible baritone to effectively steal the show..
Count Almaviva:Figaro's Wedding/Cambridge/Varsity

... his voice is a good one and intelligently used.
Fauré :Requiem/BMG CD/Gramophone

  April 2003