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Martin Hindmarsh

Martin Hindmarsh read music at the University of Birmingham, gaining a first class honours degree and an MMus in Opera Studies. He studied singing privately with John Cameron.

At the beginning of his career Martin sang with the BBC Northern Singers, featuring on many occasions as a tenor soloist on Radio 3 and at the Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals. He gave the first broadcast performance of Walden, a cantata for tenor, choir and piano by David Gow, the tenor solos in Stainer’sCrucifixion and Stanford’s Bible Songs. He has broadcast and recorded with the BBC Philharmonic, singing Fauré’s Shylock in a live relay from the Royal Northern College of Music and appearing on a recent recording of music by Vaughan Williams. He has also recorded with the Northern Sinfonia and the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, giving the premiere of Philip Wilby’s song cycle with brass band Unholy Sonnets, which he has since recorded for CHANDOS  Brass (CHAN 4549). Other CD recordings include songs by Alan Rawsthorne (FEW 120)and John McCabe (CAMEO 2021). During 2002 Martin gave the first performances of the scena for tenor and piano by John Joubert, On Offa’s Back.

Martin has also performed with the Lindsay String Quartet, singing Vaughan Williams’ On Wenlock Edge on two occasions, Stravinsky’s In Memoriam Dylan Thomas and a programme of sacred music by Haydn in the Lindsay’s Music in the Round Festivals. Martin has given a recital at the Buxton Festival, and was a finalist in the English Song Award. A number of his recital programmes have included songs and arrangements he has made for himself to sing. In 2004 he gave a series of recitals with his wife the mezzo-soprano Jennifer Westwood to mark the centenary of the death of Dvorak.

Martin has a wide oratorio repertoire and has performed throughout the UK and across the world: The Dream of Gerontius in Hong Kong, Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass in Singapore, Mozart’s Requiem in Switzerland, Messiah in Germany. He has sung the tenor solos in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Tippett’s A Child of our Time in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London and Messiah in the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.

Martin has lectured in music at the University of Sheffield, where he was Director of Performance until 2007. His academic interest in Wagner’s music dramas has a practical outlet in appearances in fourteen consecutive Bayreuth Festivals and he also sings with The Royal Opera, English National Opera and the BBC Singers. He is a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court.

Martin conducts professionally and is the musical director of the Maidstone Choral Union.

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