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William Gaunt

Libera Me from Requiem: 
Gabriel Fauré
William Gaunt, Tenebrae and the London Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble
Conductor: Nigel Short

 

Iustus ut palma
Colin Mawby
William Gaunt, Martin Baker, Westminster Cathedral Choir

 

Fili mi Absalon  (Live)
Heinrich Schütz:  
William Gaunt, Paul Hillier, Concerto Copenhagen

William Gaunt

Credit: Simon Tottman

William Gaunt

Bass-Baritone

"absolutely gorgeous singing - object lessons in understatement and poise" (Gramophone)

"effortlessly smooth and mellifluous" (Guardian)

William Gaunt was born in Yorkshire and began his musical education there as a chorister at Ripon Cathedral. Following a choral scholarship to King's College, Cambridge, where he read Classics, he has since held posts in the choirs of Christ Church, Oxford and Westminster Cathedral.

William has developed a busy and versatile career as both a soloist and a consort singer. In the latter capacity he performs and records regularly with many of the UK's most prominent ensembles, including the Gabrieli Consort, The King's Consort, Tenebrae, Alamire and Gallicantus, and abroad with Chamber Choir Ireland, Ars Nova Copenhagen and Theatre of Voices.

As a soloist William performs much of the core concert and oratorio repertory, and has sung Handel Messiah with Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht and Johannes Leertouwer; Monteverdi Vespro della Beata Vergine 1610 for Emmanuelle Haim; Bach Magnificat with Wiener Akademie and Martin Haselböck; Bach Matthäus-Passion for Jeffrey Skidmore; Bach Johannes-Passion and Purcell Come, ye Sons of Art, away for Paul McCreesh; Haydn Nelson Mass, Mozart Mass in C minor and Schumann Szenen aus Goethes Faust with Stephen Cleobury. Recordings include numerous performances with the choir of Westminster Cathedral and the Gabrieli Consort, Monteverdi Vespro della Beata Vergine 1610 with Robert Howarth and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Fauré Requiem with the London Symphony Orchestra. His work has seen him sing on some of the world's most prestigious concert platforms including the Cadogan and Wigmore Halls, London, the National Concert Hall, Dublin, and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

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