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Appearances with Wokingham Choral Society:

Joseph Cornwell joined Wokingham Choral Society at Reading University Great Hall on 22nd November 2008 to perform Mozart's Mass in C Minor KV 427 and Handel's Ode for St Cecilia's Day 1739.

September 2008

Joseph Cornwell       Tenor

After studying music at York University and singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Joseph Cornwell began his career with The Consort of Musicke and the Taverner Consort. Singing under conductors such as William Christie, Harry Christophers, Eric Ericson, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Gabriel Garrido, Hervé Niquet and Andrew Parrott, his international engagements have taken him thoughout Europe and to North America and the Far East as well as throughout the UK.

Operatic rôles have included Snout A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, Mitridate Il Pompeo Magno at the Varazdin Festival, Croatia, Polimone Il Tito for the Opéra du Rhin, Il conte Le nozze di Dorina at the Musikfestpiele Potsdam Sanssouci, Achille Iphigénie en Aulide for Opera Factory, Lurcanio Ariodante for St Gallen Opera, Pilade Oreste for the English Bach Festival, Monteverdi Orfeo for the Boston Early Music Festival, Capella Cracoviensis, in Rio de Janeiro and for Oslo Summer Opera, Giove Il ritorno d'Ulisse and King Arthur in Lisbon, Eumete Il ritorno d'Ulisse at the Aix-en-Provence Festival (a production now available on DVD), Thespis / Mercure Platée for TCC Productions, Lisbon, and Tamese Arsilda, Regina di Ponto at the Barga Festival.

His recordings include St Matthew Passion with the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, Boyce Peleus & Thetis with Opera Restor'd, Campra Requiem and King Arthur with Le Concert Spirituel, Israel in Babylon with the Kantorei Saarlouis, Messiah and Monteverdi Vespers 1610 with the Taverner Consort, Acis & Galatea (GRAMOPHONE Baroque Vocal CD of 2000), Monteverdi Vespers 1610 and Mozart Mass in C Minor with Les Arts Florissants, Monteverdi Vespers 1610 with the Gabrieli Consort, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle with Jos van Immerseel (BBC Radio 3 Building a Library Choice), Shepherd Oediups Rex with The Philharmonia Orchestra, Tamese Arsilda, Regina di Ponto with Modo Antiquo and Fairest Isle with the Parley of Instruments.

Current engagements include Orfeo L'Anima del Filosofo for the Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing, the St Matthew Passion with Capella Cracoviensis, Monteverdi Vespers 1610 with the Gabrieli Consort and Mars Dido and Aeneas with the New London Consort.

"...one should particularly mention the beautiful voice and flexible coloratura of Joseph Cornwell as Polimone." Polimone : Il Tito / Les Arts Florissants / Journal d'Alsace

"...tenor Joseph Cornwell as Coridon gives a marvellous (and surprisingly robust) rendition of "Would You Gain The Tender Creature". Coridon: Acis and Galatea / Les Arts Florissants c. William Christie Erato CDs / Amazon.co.uk

"Cornwell gives a clear and graceful account of the opening numbers and is specially impressive in 'All they that see him'." Messiah / Taverner Players c. Andrew Parrott EMI CDs / Gramophone

"Joseph Cornwell has a splendid natural vibrancy and cleannness of style, ideal in The Ploughboy and The Miller of Dee." Fairest Isle: A New National Songbook / Hyperion CD / Gramophone

"Joseph Cornwell est impeccable en Eumete. (Joseph Cornwell is impeccable as Eumeus.)" Eumete: Il ritorno d'Ulisse / Aix-en-Provence Festival / La Croix

"The star of the cast is without doubt Joseph Cornwell (Tamese), who complements clarity of tone and text with glorious expressiveness in that memorable first aria. For a tenor in Baroque repertoire, nothing exceeds the technical demands of Tamese's two coloratura numbers (written for Annibale Pio Fabri, perhaps opera's first tenor to achieve the status of legend.) Cornwell handles them with staggering confidence."