November 25th 2017 Concert £9 (£11)
Countess of Munster Musical Trust Concert
Nicholas Morton ~ baritone
Ian Tindale ~ piano

with support from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust

Nicholas Morton trained at the Royal College of Music International Opera School with Tim Evans-Jones. He previously studied at Durham University, before arriving in London where he completed his postgraduate studies at the RCM with distinction. Recent roles include Blansac 'La Scala di Seta', Capo Guardiano 'Risurrezione' (Wexford Festival Opera) Malatesta 'Don Pasquale' (Euphonia Opera), Peter 'Hänsel und Gretel' (RCMIOS), Doctor Falke 'Die Fledermaus' (RCMIOS) the title role in 'Don Giovanni' (Rye Festival) and Sid 'Albert Herring' (RCMIOS).

A keen recitalist, Nicholas has performed at the British Embassy in Paris, the Elgar rooms in the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, and Leith Hill Place. He also performs in numerous oratorio engagements including Bach's B minor mass and Passions, Handel's Messiah, and the Requiem Masses of Mozart, Faure, Brahms and Durufle as well as an extensive repertoire of sacred and secular concert works.

Nicholas is extremely at home on the operatic stage and his other roles include Erasto 'Giove in Argo' (London Handel Festival), Der Sprecher 'Die Zauberflote', L'horloge comtoise and Le Chat 'L'enfant et les Sortileges', Filippo 'La Gazzetta' (RCMIOS) as well as cover Truffaldino 'The Little Green Swallow' (BYO). He also created the role of The Architect 'Serpentine; the analysis of beauty' for an RCM collaboration with Tête à Tête. Nicholas is extremely grateful to have been supported by a Sir Gordon Palmer Scholarship, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, a Tutton Award by Help Musicians UK, and the Josephine Baker Trust. He is especially grateful for the continued support and advice of Philip Carne.

Photo:Ian Tindale

Ian Tindale is a prize-winning piano accompanist, répétiteur, harpsichordist and orchestral keyboard player. Now primarily working as a song accompanist, Ian was awarded the Help Musicians UK Accompanist's Prize in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards in April 2015 and the Royal Overseas League Music Competition Accompanist's Prize in June the same year, following performances on both occasions with soprano Soraya Mafi. Previously Ian had been named winner of the Gerald Moore Award and the Help Musicians UK Accompanist's Prize (Maggie Teyte Competition)

Ian has performed with singers at venues across London, the UK and in Europe. Recent engagements have included concerts at Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St John's Smith Square as well as at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Ryedale Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Buxton Festival and further afield in France, Austria, Corfu and Malta. Ian is also a Samling Artist and a Britten-Pears Young Artist, and he has an ongoing relationship with Samling Academy as an accompanist and coach. He has recently performed with established artists such as Christopher Purves and Susan Bullock, and Ian regularly collaborates with rising stars Soraya Mafi, Anna Harvey, Eleanor Dennis, Nick Pritchard, Timothy Connor and Timothy Nelson among others. He has performed on BBC Radio 3 'In Tune' on numerous occasions, and he recently appeared on BBC2 'Proms Extra' with Ailish Tynan.

Ian, originally from Oxfordshire, read Music at Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he was also Organ Scholar. Following postgraduate study at the Royal College of Music (RCM) with Simon Lepper, John Blakely and Roger Vignoles, Ian was the Lord and Lady Lurgan Junior Fellow in Piano Accompaniment at the RCM.

As a répétiteur Ian has worked with British Youth Opera, Cambridge Handel Opera, Ryedale Festival Opera and Samling Academy Opera. He performs frequently as a harpsichordist and continuo player, including with Eboracum Baroque, the Saraband Consort and London Baroque Sinfonia. In July 2016 Ian returned to the Ryedale Festival as Music Director and harpsichordist of Handel's Alcina, in addition to giving a song recital with local young singers and a solo organ late-night Bach recital. As an orchestral keyboard player Ian has appeared with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera.

The programme will include: