James Bowman to perform with the Lichfield Cathedral Choir

One of the world’s leading Counter Tenors is set to perform at Lichfield Cathedral.

James Bowman will be in concert with the Cathedral’s choir on February 6 at 7.30pm performing a programme including songs by Butterworth, Gurney, Howells, Vaughan Williams and Finzi. The Lichfield Cathedral Choir will perform works by Handel, Purcell and Britten, and James Bowman will be accompanied on the piano by Andrew Plant.

James Bowman

James Bowman

With a career spanning opera, oratorio, contemporary music and solo recitals, James has been a renowned performer for more than 40 years.

He began singing as a Chorister at Ely Cathedral and later entered New College, Oxford with a Choral scholarship. After leaving Oxford, he joined the choir of Westminster Abbey. As the result of an audition, he was invited by Benjamin Britten to sing at the opening concert of the new Queen Elizabeth Hall in London in March 1967, and this marked his London debut.

He was soon in demand on both the opera stage and the concert platform, appearing at the Aldeburgh Festival and Sadlers Wells in 1967 (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), at Glyndebourne in 1970 (La Calisto), the English National Opera in 1971 (Semele) and the Royal Opera in 1977 (Taverner).

Among his numerous opera engagements abroad are Paris (L’Opera, L’Opera Comique, Le Theatre du Chatelet, Le Theatre des Champs Elysees), La Scala, Milan, La Fenice, Venice and the Festival of Aix-en-Provence. In Australia he has appeared at the Sydney and Melbourne Opera houses and in the USA at Lincoln Centre, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Centre in Washington, as well as Dallas, San Francisco and Santa Fe.

His concert career is equally wide-ranging. In Europe he is well known as a recitalist, with a large following. He has sung at every major festival in France and in 1992 the French government honoured him with admission to ‘L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’.  In the same year he was awarded the Medal of Honour of the City of Paris.

Tickets for his Lichfield performance cost £15. To book call 01543 306150 or visit No.9 The Close, Lichfield.

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