St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Anthony Yates - tenor, and Brian Benedict - piano

Tuesday, 5 January at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Anthony Yates - tenor, and Brian Benedict - pianoAnthony Yates - tenor, and Brian Benedict - piano

Songs by Johannes Brahms

Alte Liebe
Auf dem Kirchhofe
Umbewegte laue Luft
Wie Melodien zieht es mir
O wusst ich doch den Weg zuruck
Meine Liebe ist grun

After studying music at Exeter University, Anthony Yates moved to London where he studied voice with Linda Hirst, Howard Milner, Tay-Cheng Jim and Jeffrey Talbot.

As soloist on the concert platform, Anthony has performed at a variety of venues in London, from St John's Smith Square to Lauderdale House in Highgate. In partnership with pianist Brian Benedict, he has explored the romantic and twentieth century repertoires from Beethoven to Lennox Berkeley, from Faure to Finzi. At St John's he sang English songs and Mozart in a concert for Crusaid featuring Della Jones.

Anthony has performed with the Royal Opera House Garden Venture at Dartington Hall, singing works by Sally Beamish, Michael Finissey and Corin Buckeridge.At the Purcell Room and on tor he sang in Karen Wimhurst's Blood Wedding and the Missa del Cid by Judith Weir with Vocem Electric Voice Theatre.

For Almeida Opera, Anthony was one of Raguel's men in an acclaimed production of Tobias the Angel by Jonathan Dove. He subsequently workshopped The Palace in the Sky by Jonathan Dove at ENO works.

Chorus work has included Ana Bolena by Donizetti at the Tower of London Festival and Turandot for Lakeland Opera. For the last five years he has worked at Opera Holland Park in the Chorus and he particularly enjoyed playing the Notary in L'elisir d'Amore and a member of the Neapolitan mafia in The Jewels of the Madonna by Wolf-Ferrari. This year he was excited to be part of productions of Aida and Lakme and a rare verismo opera, L'Amore di tre re by Montemuzzi.
Anthony has worked extensively with the Philharmonia Chorus singing at the Royal Festival Hall and on tour in Lyon and Hamburg.

2012 saw him travelling from Hong Kong to Sydney on the Arcadia P and O cruise ship giving 16 recitals of songs for tenor and piano.

With Brian Benedict, he founded Serenata, a group of around ten singers and two pianists have entertained audiences with diverse programmes, celebrating the centenaries of Liszt and Wagner, with themes such as Venice and Naples, international cabaret, operetta and art song songs by opera composers.

Anthony has made a disc of songs and arias with pianist Brian Benedict.

After a long and successful career as a recitalist and soloist with orchestras in Europe, the Americas and Africa, Brian Benedict has dedicated the last few years to the study and performance of Art Song and Chamber Music.  His interest in languages led him naturally to the study of foreign literature, culminating in an all-consuming passion for German Lieder, French Mélodies, Italian Canzone and Spanish Zarzuelas, as well as Russian and Latvian Song.  For Brian, this supremely intimate and personal style of music is without equal.  He maintains that 'there is nothing to compare with the bringing together of the individual talents of like minded musicians to create a unique musical experience.'  

Brian has performed at notable venues throughout Europe, notably the international festivals of Menton (France), Ravello (Italy), Echternach, Wiltz, Luxembourg City, Badenweiler (Germany), as well as at the noted Schubertiade in Feldkirch (Austria).  All this led to the founding of Serenata, together with his friend and colleague Anthony Yates.  Brian's discography includes Arabesque and Serenades, Nocturnes and Romances (solo recital discs); Pathways of Love with Soprano Hannah Francis; Music by Night (Nocturnes by Chopin, Field and Szymanowski); Der Doppelgänger (a Schubert bicentenary Lieder disc from 1997 with Dutch baritone Paul van Gastel and, most recently, a CD of international Art Songs with Anthony Yates