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Appearances with Wokingham Choral Society:

Thomas Faulkner joined Wokingham Choral Society at Reading University Great Hall on 14th November 2009 in Handel's Messiah.

October 2009

Thomas Faulkner            Bass

Thomas was a choral scholar in the choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and then a lay clerk in the choir of St John's College under David Hill. Since then he has worked with the choirs English Voices and Choir of the Enlightenment under Ivan Fischer, Ivor Bolton, Sir Simon Rattle, and René Jacobs, and sings regularly with early music consorts such as Stile Antico and The Clerks' Group.

He is increasingly busy as a soloist, especially in baroque and classical music, but his repertoire is quickly expanding into the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Oratorio performances have included much Bach B minor Mass, Cantatas, Magnificat, Christmas Oratorio and Handel Polyphemus - Acis and Galatea, Messiah, as well as Purcell Odes, Mozart C minor Mass, Fauré Requiem, Nelson Mass and other Haydn masses. .

In recital he has performed German Lieder, solo cantat by Bach and Rameau, and motets by Monteverdi and Schütz. He was recently featured singing early German music on Radio 3 and in the Spitalfields festival. Operatic roles have included Elviro Serse, Traveller Curlew River, Plutone Orfeo, Don Alfonso Cosí fan tutte, Gremin Eugene Onegin, Sarastro The Magic Flute and leads in several new works by young English composers, most recently King Saul in Sam Hogarth's David and Goliath.

Forthcoming projects include oratorio appearances throughout the country in music from Handel to Puccini and Britten, scenes from Ravel operas, and more Bach solo cantatas. Thomas has recently started training at the Royal Academy of Music with Mark Wildman.