Lunchtime Recital: Tim Kennedy (Tenor) and John Gough (Piano)

Forte e Lieto (Tamerlano) - G.F. Handel (1685-1759)

Dies Natalis (Thomas Traherne) - Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)

i.        Rhapsody                                                                       
ii.      Rapture
iii.    The Wonder
iv.     The Salutation

An die Musik - Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Lenski’s Aria (Eugene Onegin) - P. I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
 

Tim Kennedy

Tim began his musical career singing for the Queen, as a treble at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, and was then a music scholar at Winchester College.  He spent his gap year working at Truro Cathedral, then studied music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.  But he is now based in Manchester pursuing a varied freelance career.  

 His singing work is mainly as a freelance lyric tenor soloist, specialising in recitals and oratorio, but he also works as a consort singer, freelance piano accompanist, organist and vocal coach. As part of this work, he works as a staff accompanist for singers at the Royal Northern College of Music.  For more information, his website can be found at www.tim-kennedy.co.uk.

Tim studied singing for a number of years with Colin Iveson, a former Principal Vocal Tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music, on a private basis, but now works with a number of different coaches.  He has attended the prestigious Abingdon Summer School for Solo Singers, studying with international artists such as Robin Bowman, Sue McCullough and James Gilchrist.  He also regularly attends the renowned annual AIMS singing course run by tenor Neil Jenkins.  In 2011 he sang the premiere of a work by Anthony Burgess, La pioggia del pineto, with composer Gavin Wayte at the piano. Another project, in 2014, involved singing Britten's First Canticle and some folk song arrangements in a talk about Britten by a consultant haematologist.  In recitals he has worked with pianists John Gough, Catherine Hall-Smith, Christopher Stokes, and Elena Nalimova.

Recent oratorio engagements have been with a wide variety of choirs and choral societies across England and Wales.  This oratorio work has included Handel's Messiah and Semele, Bach's Passions and Oratorios, Mozart's Requiem and Vespers, Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Britten's St Nicholas.  In 2015 he was one of the soloists for the UK première of the newly-rediscovered requiem by Luigi Gatti, with Salford Choral Society and Manchester Camerata.  He does regular solo recitals in a number of places in the North of England including Manchester, Blackburn, Sheffield and Buxton.  He is also an experienced consort singer: he sings regularly on BBC Radio 4 with the BBC Daily Service Singers, and has been a lay clerk at several cathedrals and sung with various professional choirs including Ex Cathedra and Premier Singers.  

John Gough

John Gough was born and bred in Chester and enjoys a busy and varied career. Engagements have taken him to America (including Carnegie Hall), Denmark and throughout the United Kingdom. He has given frequent broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and also recorded for Radio 2, Classic FM, World Service, S4CTV and BBC TV.  

As a soloist he has appeared with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Halle soloists.  He has performed at the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall on several occasions and at the Buxton and Chester Festivals.  Following his studies with Marjorie Clementi and Gordon Green at the Royal Northern College of Music, he won several scholarships and prizes including the John Ireland Centenary Piano Competition at the Wigmore Hall. 

As a chamber music player he has given live broadcasts of the complete piano quartets of Brahms, Dvorak and Fauré.  He has given recitals at the Ribble Valley international Piano Week, a live broadcast from the Bridgwater Hall, Manchester and for many seasons was the soloist with the Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra in concerts at many stately homes throughout England.  He made his screen debut with a brief appearance in the film “Hilary and Jackie”.  He has appeared under such conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Edward Warren and Timothy Reynish and in concert with Martin Roscoe, Jane Irwin and Janet Hilton. 

John is currently Senior Tutor in Piano at the RNCM and has acted as an examiner at the Royal Academy, Guildhall School and Manchester University.