St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Gregory Tassell - tenor, Christopher Bundhun - guitar

Tuesday, 25 March at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Moreno Torroba

Allegretto from Sonatina

Dietrich Wagner

Searching for Lambs


Flow My Tears
Come Again
I Saw My Lady Weep

Dietrich Wagner

The Cuckoo


From Songs from the Chinese
     The Big Chariot

From Folk Song arrangement Vol 6 England
     Master Kilby
     The Soldier and the Sailor

Dietrich Wagner

Down by the Salley Gardens

Greg Tassell was a chorister at Durham Cathedral. He later read Music at Exeter University, and studied Singing at the Royal Academy of Music under Ryland Davies. He has appeared in the finals of the London Bach and London Handel Competitions (where he was described by Hilary Finch in the Times as 'personable and musically intelligent') and appeared in master-classes with the late renowned tenors Robert Tear and Paul Kiesgen. From 2008 to 2010 he was a young artist for Retrospect Ensemble under Matthew Halls in their series of concerts at the Wigmore Hall and their tour of Israel with Purcell's The Fairy Queen.
On leaving RAM in 2008, Greg joined the chorus of English Touring Opera where he sang various small roles over three seasons, working closely with directors James Conway & Liam Steel and MD Michael Rosewell. He also appeared in numerous operas designed for children with Special Needs, most notably critically acclaimed The Midnight Moon, which was performed at the Philharmonie in Luxembourg in June/July 2011 under the direction of Tim Yealland. Greg is now an acclaimed performer of British Opera, most notably in the title role of Britten's Albert Herring; a performance which was described by Opera Magazine as 'touching'.

Above all, Greg is in great demand in the UK and abroad for oratorio and recital appearances. He is particularly sought after for Bach, Purcell, Handel, Mozart, Britten, Rachmaninov and Haydn oratorios; he has recently sung the Bach St John Passion in Krakow, Poland with the Krakow Academy of Music, Britten's St Nicholas with Cambridge Choral Society, and Messiah for the London Handel Festival. His future bookings include St John Passion Evangelist for Sittingbourne Choral, Rossini Stabat Mater for Whitstable Choral and Haydn's The Creation in Ely Cathedral for Cambridge Choral.
In recital, Greg's appearances include the 2012 London Handel Festival with London Early Opera under Bridget Cunningham, Britten's Les illuminations for Suffolk Philharmonia under Leslie Olive, Finzi's Dies Natalis at King Charles the Martyr, Tunbridge Wells, and Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings at the Purcell Room with the Isis Ensemble and at the Roman River Festival.
Forthcoming engagements include Dichterliebe at the 2013 Finchcocks Festival, and Britten's Songs from the Chinese with guitarist Christopher Bundhun at various festivals.

Greg has recently recorded his début album of English Songs by Dibdin, Stanford and Elgar with pianist Gary Branch at Finchcocks Piano Museum, which will be released later this year. He will be featured on London Early Opera's forthcoming album Handel at Vauxhall, also due for release in 2013.

Greg teaches singing at St Martin-in-the-Fields, and at Ibstock Place School, Surrey.

Christopher Bundhun graduated from The University of Nottingham with a Joint Honours degree in French & Philosophy, Christopher continued Classical Guitar studies with Carlos Bonell before accepting an Entrance Scholarship for the Postgraduate Diploma in Performance course at The Royal Academy of Music, London, where he studied with Timothy Walker, Michael Lewin and John Mills.

Since graduating with Distinction in 2007, engagements have included solo recitals in the UK, Continental Europe and Australia, in addition to recording sessions and a variety of ensemble activities as classical and electric guitarist.

Notable performance highlights thus far include the world premiere of two song settings by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, and the UK premiere of works by South African composer Dietrich Wagner; both with tenor Greg Tassell.