We are delighted to welcome Neal Davies, the well-known Welsh bass-baritone, as the latest President of Bath Choral Society. Neal has worked very fruitfully with Bath Choral in recent years, the choir benefitting enormously from his experience.
Neal Davies studied at King’s College, London, and the Royal Academy of Music, and won the Lieder Prize at the 1991 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. He has appeared with the Oslo Philharmonic under Jansons, BBC Symphony Orchestra under Boulez, Cleveland and Philharmonia Orchestras under Dohnanyi, Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Harnoncourt, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Bruggen, English Concert with Harry Bicket, Gabrieli Consort under McCreesh, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra with Edward Gardner, and the London Symphony and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras under Harding. He has been a regular guest of the Edinburgh Festival and BBC Proms.
Neal Davies has also been a regular guest at English National Opera and Welsh National Opera and has performed with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Scottish Opera, Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin, Rome Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago. He appeared in Charpentier’s David et Jonathan from Aix-en-Provence, available on DVD. His wide discography includes Messiah, Theodora, Saul and Creation (Gramophone Award 2008) under McCreesh, Jenufa and The Makropulos Case (both Janacek) under Mackerras, Barber Vanessa under Slatkin, Messiah under Rene Jacobs, the Hyperion Complete Schubert Edition with Graham Johnson and Britten Billy Budd with Daniel Harding (Grammy Award, 2010).
This season, engagements include a return to the English National Opera for a new commission by Ryan Wigglesworth, A Winter’s Tale, as well as concerts with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsches-Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.