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Kenneth McCarthy

Ken McCarthy - Tenor

Ken gained his degrees at London's South Bank & City Universities. Whilst he was there he performed frequently with the Guy's & St. Thomas Hospitals Music Society, & with the City Philharmonic Choir.

He also performed in the Malcolm Sargent "Cancer Fund for Children" Christmas Concerts in the Royal Albert Hall & Royal Festival Hall.

Ken has performed many times with the Dorchester & Rochester Choral Societies including, most notably, J S Bach St. Matthew Passion & Magnificat, Bernstein Chichester Psalms, Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, Elgar Dream of Gerontius, Fauré Requiem, Handel Messiah & Dixit Dominus, Haydn Creation, Mendelssohn Elijah, Mozart Mass in C minor & Requiem, Orff Carmina Burana, Tippett A Child of Our Time, Vaughan Williams Hodie & A Sea Symphony, Verdi Requiem, Vivaldi Gloria & a concert performance of Bizet's Carmen.

Ken now performs regularly with the BBC Symphony Chorus.
His choral performances include the Berlioz Te Dewn (BBC Proms 2009), Brahms Alto Rhapsody (BBC Proms 2009) & Ein Deutsches Requiem, Bruckner Psalm 150 (BBC Proms 2009), & Mass No. 3 in F minor, Finzi Intimations of Immortality (BBC Proms 2008), Glass Symphony No 7. (UK premiere, BBC Proms 2009), Holst Choral Symphony (BBC Proms 2009). The rarely performed original version of Janacek's Glagolitic Mass (BBC Proms 2008), Maciejewski Missa Pro Defunctis (Requiem), Motzart Requiem, Orff Carmina Burana Penderecki Symphony No. 8 (UK premiere), Szymanowski Stabat Mater (BBC Proms 2009), Verdi Requiem (BBC Proms 2008), a concert performance of Wagner's Gotterdammeriing, & the World Premiere of Judith Weir's Concrete (A Motet about London).

Ken has also performed in the hugely successful BBC TV series "Maestro", a recording of experts from Verdi's Otello for the BBC Radio 3 series "Discovering Music", The Monty Python 40th Anniversary Concert "Not the Messiah" (he's a very naughty boy) & in Bryn Terfel's 2009 Bad Boys Tour.

As well as great choral works, Ken is equally at home with operatic arias, lieder (particularly Schubert), English Song & Gilbert & Sullivan. He frequently features as a guest soloist in recital, particularly with International Soprano Christine Hubbard, who has been Ken's vocal coach for some time.

'Ken's voice is one of the great discoveries of the early 21st century.'
Stephen Jackson - Director, BBC Symphony Chorus.

'One of the finest lyric tenors I have heard for a long time.'
Vanessa Feltz
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