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Mark Glanville bass baritone


Mark Glanville read Classics and Philosophy at Oxford University before winning a scholarship to study singing at the Royal Northern College of Music.  Whilst attending the National Opera Studio he made his debut with Opera North. Roles for that company include The King of Clubs (Love for Three Oranges), the King (Aida), Nourabad (Pearl Fishers) and Father (The Jewel Box). For Scottish Opera he has sung Commendatore (Don Giovanni), for Lisbon Opera, New Israeli Opera and Opera Zuid The King of Clubs, and for Opera Omaha Ferrando (Il Trovatore.) On the concert platform he has performed as Bass soloist with Lord Menuhin, Daniele Gatti, Pascal Tortelier, Sir David Willcocks and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. Recordings include Donizetti’s L’Assedio di Calais and Anna Bolena, Schubert’s Mass in G and ‘A Yiddish Winterreise.’ In 2010/2011 his recital, ‘A Yiddish Winterreise’ was performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, Symphony Space in New York, The Chicago Cultural Center, The Purcell Room and Leeds Lieder Festival. A second recital, ‘Di Sheyne Milnerin’, was performed at Symphony Space with CD release to follow. He has been invited back to the Kennedy Center to perform two new programmes: ‘A Jewish Romance’ in 2013 and Byron’s ‘Hebrew Melodies’ in 2014.   His memoir, The Goldberg Variations, was shortlisted for the Wingate Prize for Jewish Literature and the National Sporting Club Award. His journalism, specialising in opera and classical singing as well as Jewish literature and history, has appeared in The Times Literary Supplement, The Literary Review, The Jewish Quarterly, The Jewish Chronicle, Opera Now, The Singer and Classical Music Magazine. In 2007 he was awarded the Premio Lorenzo d’Arcangelo for musical journalism.


Alexander Knapp piano

Alexander Knapp graduated from Selwyn College, Cambridge, with MA,
MusB, and PhD degrees in music, and he has also been awarded ARCM,
LRAM and HonARAM diplomas. Over a period of more than 35 years, he has
published and lectured on the subject of Jewish music in the UK,
Ireland, Holland, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Romania,
Greece, Israel, USA, Russia, and China. As well as composing,
arranging, conducting, broadcasting, and performing as pianist in the
UK, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Russia and USA, Alexander Knapp has
been involved as consultant and accompanist to cantors and choirs on
several commercial recordings of Jewish music. His set of Four
Sephardi Songs (arranged for voice and piano) was published in New
York in 1992, and his Elegy for String Orchestra in Jerusalem in 1997.
In 1998, his anthology of essays on Jewish music was brought out in
Chinese by the Music Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Arts
in Beijing under the title Youtai Yinyue Lunwenji. Among numerous
other articles, he has contributed entries on aspects of Jewish music
to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (second edition).
He has been appointed to academic and administrative posts at Wolfson
College, Cambridge; at London’s Goldsmiths' College, Royal College of
Music, City University; and most recently (1999-2006) to the Joe Loss
Lectureship in Jewish Music at SOAS. His arrangements for 'A Yiddish
Winterreise' and 'Di Sheyne Milnerin', programmes of Yiddish song
devised by Mark Glanville, have been heard across America and the UK.