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Under the Greenwood Tree: Songs of Love and Nature (CD) - WHR036CDFP
Under the Greenwood Tree: Songs of Love and Nature (CD)

A beautiful and mood-filled programme of modern English, French and American art songs, this release includes song cycles from Roger Quilter, Gerald Finzi, Francis Poulenc and Michael Tippett, as well as Herbert Howells' masterpiece King David.  Also featured is the world première recording of White Bee, a song by the award-winning contemporary British composer Cecilia McDowall.

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Roger Quilter: Five Shakespeare Songs, Op.23
Herbert Howells: King David
Samuel Barber:  Sure on this shining night, Op.13 No.3
Michael Tippett:  Songs for Ariel
Gabriel Fauré:  Automne, Op.18 No.3; Clair de lune, Op.46 No.2; Les berceaux, Op.23 No.1
Francis Poulenc:  Les bestiaire, ou Cortège d'Orphée
Benjamin Britten:  I know a bank where the wild thyme blows
Cecilia McDowall:  White Bee
Gerald Finzi: Let us garlands bring, Op.18

Recorded:  St Mary's Church, Penzance, Cornwall, UK on 9th, 11th-13th February 2015 & St Peter's Church, Westhampnett, West Sussex, UK on 23rd May 2015
Recording Producers:  John Balsdon & Mark Hartt-Palmer  
Recording Engineers:  Mark Hartt-Palmer & John Balsdon
Release Date:  August 2015
Total duration: 61:32

Cover artwork: Willowhayne Records

Jake Barlow

Described as being “impressive” and an “excellent performer” possessed of a “very fine instrument” and “remarkable gift”, countertenor Jake Barlow was born and educated in Stockport, and read for a degree in Literae Humaniores as a Choral Scholar at Worcester College, Oxford, where he also sang with groups including the renowned Schola Cantorum of Oxford, and the choirs of Merton College and Magdalen College. Following this he took up a Choral Scholarship at Truro Cathedral.

A committed recitalist, he has performed in the Jacqueline du Pré concert hall in Oxford, as well as for various prestigious recital series including those of the New Chamber Opera and the Christ Church Arts Festival as a guest artist, in addition to successful solo tours in the UK. He has also made recital appearances in Belgium and Hungary.

His concert and opera repertoire continues to expand, and appearances include J.S.Bach’s Johannes-Passion, Matthäus-Passion, Magnificat and Mass in B-Minor, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem (at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford), Buxtehüde’s Membra Jesu Nostri, and Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and The Fairy Queen. As a soloist, he has worked alongside groups such as the Amadeus Orchestra, Duchy Opera, Hieronymus, Isleworth Baroque, and the BBC Philharmonic.

He studied with Nicholas Clapton and Carys Lane, and has participated in masterclasses with James Bowman, Mark Rowlinson, and John Treleaven.

In addition to performing, Jake works as a conductor and choir trainer, as well as maintaining his own private teaching practice.

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