“... sang like an angel, very expressively and with a very present voice, …”
“… the extraordinary David Allsopp, a countertenor with a magnetic voice and phrasing, …”
“...dramatic and awe-inspiring.” Birmingham Post
David Allsopp was a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, where he studied computer science, and subsequently a lay clerk in Westminster Cathedral Choir, before pursuing a freelance career. In addition to solo engagements, he continues to perform and record with both English and continental consort groups and is also a member of the early music ensemble Gallicantus.
David’s performances have included many of Handel’s oratorio works and Bach’s major choral works and cantatas in venues all over Europe. He has recorded Israel in Egypt, Joshua and Jephtha on K&K Verlangsanstalt Maulbronn Monastery Edition. While much of the countertenor’s repertoire is baroque, David makes occasional forays into more modern repertoire. He made his debut at the BBC Proms in 2010 singing in the Evangelist quartet for Arvo Pärt’s Passio and has worked with the virtuoso organist and conductor Wayne Marshall giving performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms in several European venues. Consort performances have encompassed a wide repertoire ranging from the fourteenth century right through to contemporary music, including many premières.
Concerts this year include Bach Cantatas 30 & 75 in Lübeck Cathedral, a return to Pärt’s sublime Passio, this time in Hamburg with the Eric Whitacre Singers, before several performances of Messiah in December with the North Netherlands Orchestra, Huddersfield Choral Society and finally with the BBC Singers. 2014 sees St Matthew Passion in Germany and the Netherlands, Mass in B minor in Italy, and a residency in Princeton University for Gallicantus. David will be performing and recording Bach’s Cantata 11 in Stuttgart and also releasing a disc of solo and duet works of Grandi and his Venetian contemporaries with the countertenor Mark Chambers.
More information may be found at www.davidallsopp.com
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