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James Gilchrist

James Gilchrist

English tenor James Gilchrist is a sought-after recitalist whose voice has been described as pure and sensitive with an even and beautiful tone.



Schumann: Song Cycles
Schumann: Song Cycles
Three of the greatest examples of the song cycle genre, plus a free bonus track, Meine Rose. 

CKD 474

The English Song Collection
The English Song Collection
This special three disc collection brings together James Gilchrist's finest recordings to date. 

CKD 431  

The Super Audio Collection Volume 6
The Super Audio Collection Volume 6
Includes premiere recordings, memorable debuts and new takes on popular repertoire. 

AKP 408  

My Beloved is Mine
My Beloved is Mine
James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook reunite for a further exploration of the English Song repertoire. 

CKD 404  

Handel: Esther, First reconstructable version (Cannons), 1720
Handel: Esther, First reconstructable version (Cannons), 1720
The third recording in the Dunedin Consort's hugely succesful Handel series. 

CKD 397  

J.S. Bach: Easter and Ascension Oratorios
J.S. Bach: Easter and Ascension Oratorios
A spectacular performance of Bach's choral music led by Matthew Halls. 

BKD 373  

Leighton Earth, Sweet Earth…(laudes terrae) and Britten Winter Words
Leighton Earth, Sweet Earth…(laudes terrae) and Britten Winter Words
Includes the first modern recording of Leighton's 'Earth, Sweet Earth' 

CKD 329  

Songs of Muriel Herbert
Songs of Muriel Herbert
features many premiere recordings of songs by the twentieth century English composer 

CKD 335  

Super Audio Surround Collection Vol. 3
Super Audio Surround Collection Vol. 3
a stunning new collection of demonstration quality tracks that showcase our artists at their best 

AKP 305  

Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge
Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge
A stunning collection of songs reminiscent of the idyllic English countryside. 

CKD 296  

Oh Fair To See (songs by Gerald Finzi)
Oh Fair To See (songs by Gerald Finzi)
A beautiful selection of Finzi song cycles with text by Thomas Hardy and other notable English poets 

CKD 253  

James Gilchrist - tenor  

James Gilchrist began his working life as a doctor before turning to a full-time career as a singer in 1996. His interest in music had been fired at an early age, as a chorister at New College, Oxford; later he was a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge. He has since developed a reputation 'unsurpassed among lyric tenors' (The Independent). On both concert platform and operatic stage, his repertory ranges from Monteverdi to new commissions, and he has appeared with, among others, the Sixteen, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and English National Opera.

Gilchrist is also a versatile and prolific recitalist: his imaginative programmes have been heard in such major venues as the Wigmore Hall, Snape Maltings and Perth Concert Hall. His regular accompanists are pianists Anna Tilbrook and Julius Drake and harpist Alison Nicholls; he has also collaborated with director Netia Jones.

Gilchrist’s impressive discography includes Amaryllus in Vaughan Williams’s early opera The Poisoned Kiss and the title role in Albert Herring (both for Chandos), the Evangelist in Bach’s St John Passion (the Academy of Ancient Music’s own label), and critically acclaimed recordings of Schubert’s song cycles (Orchid Classics). For Linn he has recorded Finzi (Oh Fair To See), Britten (My Beloved is Mine) and an album coupling Leighton’s Earth, Sweet Earth with Britten’s Winter Words, and Vaughan Williams’s On Wenlock Edge.


For further information - www.jamesgilchrist.co.uk
Management - Sue Nicholls (sue.nicholls@hazardchase.co.uk)
Hazard Chase Ltd
25 City Road
Cambridge
CB1 1DP

Web: www.hazardchase.co.uk
Tel: 44 (0)1223 312400
Fax: 44 (0)1223 460827

James Gilchrist Performs Schumann Lieder
14 May 2015
A special weekend of performances at St John's, Smith Square
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Esther enters UK chart
21 May 2012
at number 7
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James Gilchrist on In Tune...
10 September 2010
The tenor to perform songs from his upcoming album...
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Tune in to 'In Tune'...
21 January 2010
The Fitzwilliams, James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook perform on Radio 3!
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Midem Classical Award nomination
15 January 2010
for 'Songs of Muriel Herbert'
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MusicWeb International Recordings of the Year announced!
10 December 2009
'Songs of Muriel Herbert' - one of the best of 2009
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Claire Tomalin interviewed on BBC Radio 4
27 May 2009
Women's Hour discuss Muriel Herbert
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Pre-order "Songs of Muriel Herbert"
14 May 2009
Disc on sale now
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Muriel Herbert: 'Forgotten Voice'
11 May 2009
Claire Tomalin writes about her mother in The Guardian
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James Gilchrist nominated for esteemed award
29 August 2008
Second award nomination for Linn Records...
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Herald Scotland
'....the immaculate duo of Gilchrist and Tilbrook lavished their profound emotional and psychological acuity in a shattering account of Schumann's tender, heart-rending vision of a poet's life and love


MusicWeb International
'he doesn't just sing; he thinks himself vocally into the meaning of the words'
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Opera News
'Gilchrist's humble, deferential singing makes for a lovely, touching rendition'
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American Record Guide
'His elegant voice is steady and tonally consistent over his entire range; and he uses it with grace, probing skill, and impeccable enunciation.'


BBC Magazine
'an honesty put to the test by the exposed acoustic and a fine artistic imagination are held in a near-perfect equilibrium.'
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MusicWeb International
Recording of the Month: 'A highly desirable disc.'
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American Record Guide
'Gilchrist’s voice is exquisitely lovely in the style of the English choir tenor, and his singing is supremely evocative.'
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Fanfare
'very fine'
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Fanfare
'[Gilchrist] has a real sense of what the songs are about'
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Pizzicato
A review in German
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International Records Review
'a highly intelligent musical performance'
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
'Gilchrist sings wonderfully while pianist Tilbrook is with him every step of the way...This is a terrific production from Linn.'
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The Sunday Times
'Gilchrist is a greatly sensitive interpreter, his tone liquid yet urgent, his diction immaculate and august, his choices admirable.'
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The Guardian
'Gilchrist's rather English sound fits music that was conceived for Pears's equally English style very well, whether in the unbuttoned declarations of love of the Michelangelo songs, or the much darker introspection of the Donne Sonnets.'
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BBC Music Magazine
4½ Stars
'a two-voices-to-a-part chorus achieves more immediacy than a larger choir, coupled with a stylish and delightfully intimate band.'
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
'...the results are very nice indeed...all the soloists are excellent.'
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BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'
'We need this thrilling recording...The sound on this is wonderful.'
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AllMusic.com
4 Stars
'majestic choruses'
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
'Hugely recommended in every respect.'
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International Record Review
'...one of the most attractive versions on disc.'
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The Times
4 Stars
'...more than enough to keep us on the edge of our seats.'
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The Guardian
4 Stars
'...wonderfully crafted music making.'
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Gramophone
'...Brook's performance of the villain Haman's ‘Turn not, O Queen' transfixes everyone...'
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Gramophone
'Butt's direction combines spontaneous freshness with a care for expressive phrasing and precise colouring.'
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Presto Classical
'The ever-excellent James Gilchrist is at his most mellifluous here...'
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McAlister Matheson Music
'...vibrant performances of the highest quality...'
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Albion Magazine
'...he communicates the pieces with passion and conviction.'
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AudioVideoHD
"...La calidad del sonido de este disco compacto Linn es excepcional"
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Pizzicato
4 Stars
'... ist ein tief berührender Zyklus, zumal er, wie 'Winter Words' imponierend und überzeugend von James Gilchrist gedeutet wird.'
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Audio Video Club of Atlanta
"...memorable accounts of Leighton's "cantata" Earth, Sweet Earth and Britten's song cycle..."
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Gramophone
"...outstandingly accomplished..."
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Opus Haute Definition
"...these pages take on a human dimension that is remarkable for its intensity and fervor...[this] perfect sound recording, is a must."
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Opus Haute Definition
"...ces pages prennent une dimension humaine remarquable d’intensité et de ferveur...un incontournable du genre."
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International Record Review
"...two profoundly beautiful twentieth-century English song-cycles performed by James Gilchrist ..."
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MusicWeb International
"James Gilchrist's singing and Anna Tilbrook's piano accompaniments are all that can be wished for."
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
"His enunciation is superb, his melodic phrasing is always wonderfully musical..."
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
"...this SACD is glowingly recommended."
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The Observer
"...this haunting disc provides a fierce elegy to our lost Eden."
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Financial Times
"...alternately visionary and lyrical."
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Klassik.com
'In Großbritannien ist diese CD mit 36 Liedern von Muriel Herbert'
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orpheus
'Everyone's mother wrote songs'. Dieser abschätzige Satz hatte Claire Tomalin fast darauf verzichten lassen'
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MusicWeb International
"This is one of my major musical discoveries of the year. "
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The Land of Lost Content
"This is one of my major musical discoveries of the year."
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Gramophone
"Herbert's music deserves its place alongside the more famous names of the time."
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Classic FM Magazine
5 Stars
"...beautiful songs...Highly recommended."
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International Record Review
"They should appeal to anyone who likes, for instance, the songs of Quilter..."
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Opus Musica
Disco del mes: "Este CD es una auténtica delicia..."
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The Guardian
4 Stars
"...these songs linger in the memory."
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The Observer
"...they grow on you with each listening."
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Sempre Audio
"Ihre feinfühlige, geradezu intuitive musikalische Interpretation der Werke...kommt auf diesem Album überaus eindrucksvoll zur Geltung."
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AudioVideoHD
4½ Stars
"...impecable trabajo. Muy recomendable. "
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Musical Pointers
"This collection is a treasure trove...exceptional."
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AudioVideoHD
4½ Stars
"Por tanto y como ya es habitual en Linn, el sonido es "simplemente perfecto"."
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Opus Musica (Spanish)
Un Cd muy recomendable para aquellos melómanos interesados en la canción de concierto inglesa.
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Pizzicato
Supersonic Award November 2007 - Für mich ist dies eine der schönsten Lied-Platten der letzten Monate!
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Pizzicato (English)
Supersonic Award November 2007 - This singer has something above and beyond others...
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OpusHD.net
'Highly Recommended' from the French website
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Sunday Herald
4 Stars
A performance of 'thoughtful elegance'
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High Fidelity Poland
4 Stars
An excellent review from the Polish audiophile publication
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Independent on Sunday
A beautiful recording of "music alternately windswept and haunted"
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Klassik.com
4 Stars
'James Gilchrist erweist sich wieder einmal als Liedsänger erster Güte.'
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Nottingham Evening Post
4 Stars
Gilchrist's voice is well attuned to this spiritual landscape
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Sunday Telegraph
5 Stars
Five stars for the 'beautifully performed' recording
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Classic FM Magazine
5 Stars
I wish this recording had been around during my formative years, for I'm sure it would have left a lifelong mark.
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Gramophone
...its finest performance on record. Strongly recommended.
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
James Gilchrist's elegant, shapely phrasing soars through it all like a bird.
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AllMusic.com
A performance with "polish, power, and passion"
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Audiophile Audition
James Gilchrist is simply without peer in this music...
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Hi Fi Choice
4½ Stars
...winning, measured performances...
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MusicalPointers.co.uk
...it is hard to imagine a more satisfying performance.
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The Telegraph
CD of the Week!
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The Sunday Times
3 Stars
The songs are beautiful...
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sa-cd.net
5 Stars
Artistically and sonically this is an outstanding issue
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HMV Choice
...immaculate diction and mellifluous vocalism...
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ClassicsToday.com
4½ Stars
"Excellent!"
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The Times Knowledge
4 Stars
'...he has a simple warmth and easy beauty, perfect for these songs of loss.'
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The Observer
CD of the Week: 'This is an excellent collection for lovers of English song.'
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The Times
'...as an interpreter of English song, Gilchrist is often in a class by himself.'
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Atlanta Audio Society
The beauties in this recital are impossible to enumerate in a short review.
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BBC Online
...he breathes life into the music here and throughout this evocative disc.
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Audiophile.No (Norwegian)
4½ Stars
...en nesten magisk vokal strofe...der det er fokusert på en flott bredde og dybde i scenebildet...
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International Record Review
...unfailing pleasure throughout.
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The Guardian
4 Stars
James Gilchrist catches those different emphases superbly
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The Scotsman
4 Stars
a deliciously fresh account
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Klassik.com
4 Stars
'Eine spannende Repertoireerweiterung...'
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This is Oxford
A rare combination of vocal beauty and the intelligence
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Scotland on Sunday
A welcome edition to the English song genre
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Sunday Herald
These are fine performances and a valuable insight into the art of Finzi.
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Northumberland Journal
CD of the Week
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Gramophone
Another singer and pianist fully in tune with the spirit of these elusive songs.
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
Outstanding for performance and sound - a Benchmark Recording
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International Record Review
An effective and reflective recording of Finzi
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What's on in London
CD of the Week
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Daily Telegraph
His clear, easily produced voice is a pleasure in itself.
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ClassicalSource.com
A CD of innumerable treasures, one essential for any lover of English song - or of song in general.
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MusicWeb-International.com
Gilchrist's voice is in superb form here
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The Independent
4 Stars
Gilchrist savours his words
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The Scotsman
4 Stars
Pure and penetrating
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The Evening Standard
I have no doubt he would have been a fine doctor, but I'm glad Gilchrist made the career choice he did.
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MusicalPointers.co.uk
A superb and lovely disc
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MusicalPointers.co.uk
'A completely satisfying' live performance
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20 August 2015
Scotland
Queen's Hall, Edinburgh
with Anna Tilbrook performing Schumann Op. 39