Malvern Concert Club: Iestyn Davies & Thomas Dunford
19th March 2020 7:30 pm
Music by Dowland, Purcell, Bach and Handel
For full programme, please see malvern-concert-club.co.uk
Iestyn Davies MBE is a British countertenor widely recognised as one of the world’s finest singers celebrated for the beauty and technical dexterity of his voice and intelligent musicianship. Iestyn began his singing life as a chorister at St John’s College, Cambridge. Later, after graduating, he studied at the Royal Academy of Music, of which he is now a Fellow. In 2015 he delighted London theatre audiences singing the role of Farinelli in the play Farinelli and the King. His range encompasses opera, oratorio and solo recitals, the latter in a regular association with Thomas Dunford.
Born in Paris, Thomas discovered the lute at the age of nine. He completed his studies in 2006 at the Paris Conservatoire, when he obtained a unanimous 1st Prize with honours, continuing his studies at the Schola Cantorum in Basel. In 2003, Thomas gave his first performance playing the role of the lutenist in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on stage at the Comédie-Française. Since then, Thomas has played recitals throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Each musician has received numerous awards for his performances, both live and on CD. ‘Davies possesses one of the most refined and lucent countertenor voices, with flawless intonation, ease and beauty across its range and not even a hint of shrillness…. Davies is a natural match for the English Renaissance lute-song repertory, and Dunford, who has a similarly delicate approach to his instrument, matched him phrase for phrase. In repertory that is so soft, requiring careful listening, the two musicians held the audience spellbound and still.’ (The Washington Post)