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Anthony Smith started singing as a boy chorister in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, and proceeded to learn the organ to a high standard. He began to take singing seriously only when offered singing lessons on his arrival as an Organ Scholar at Cambridge in 1999. During his time at Jesus College he had lessons with Suzanne Flowers and Geoffrey Davidson, and sang as a soloist in Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Zelenka’s Lamentations. He was also a member of Les Joly Boys, an ensemble specializing in early secular vocal music.
On moving to Brighton in 2002 Anthony began studying with Charles Corp in Worthing. His most recent performances as a soloist have included Handel’s Messiah in Hitchin and Worthing, Bach’s St Matthew Passion (Christus) in Wandsworth and, with the Worthing Philharmonic Choir, Haydn’s Creation, Nelson Mass and Harmoniemesse and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor.
As a choral singer, while in Brighton he sang regularly with the BREMF Singers and the BREMF Consort of Voices, both linked with the Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF). In York, he was a member of the Yorkshire Bach Choir from 2011-2013. He has been a member of the Durham Singers since 2017.
(As bass/baritone soloist)
30 June, 15 & 16 Sep: soloist in Purcell’s O sing unto the Lord, Durham Singers concerts at St Brandon’s Church, Brancepeth, the Stiftskirche in Tübingen, and Castle Solitude near Stuttgart.
Anthony Smith rose to the challenge with an assured account of his florid lines (Northern Echo)
baritone Anthony Smith was especially pleasing (besonders gefiel Bariton Anthony Smith) (Schwäbisches Tagblatt, Tübingen)
24 Mar: soloist in Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater, Durham Singers concert at Ushaw College.
superb singing by ten soloists … earthy basses of … and Anthony Smith (Northern Echo)
12 July: Haydn’s Harmoniemesse, Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music and We know no thought of vengeance from The Magic Flute (Mozart). Worthing Philharmonic Choir concert at St Mary de Haura Church, Shoreham-by-Sea.
11 Mar: Musical evening at the Fairwarp Women’s Institute, with Sarah Corp (soprano) and Charles Corp (piano).
14 Apr: Mozart’s Mass in C minor (UK premiere of new edition by Robert Levin), Allegri’s Miserere, and some movements from Mozart’s Solemn Vespers. Good Friday concert at the Assembly Hall in Worthing with the Worthing Philharmonic Choir and the Sinfonia of Arun.
13 Dec: Musical evening at the Fairwarp Women’s Institute, with Sarah Corp (soprano) and Charles Corp (piano).
3 Dec: Handel’s Messiah at St Botolph’s Church, Heene (Worthing), with Music at Heene.
22 Oct: Haydn’s Nelson Mass, also two verse anthems, They that go down to the sea in ships by Purcell and Clarke’s Thanksgiving Anthem. Worthing Philharmonic Choir concert at St Mary’s Church, Goring-by-sea.
23 Apr: Handel’s Messiah at St Mary’s Church, Hitchin, with the Orpheus Choir.
3 Apr: Bach’s St Matthew Passion (Christus) with the South West London Choral Society at St Ann’s Church, Wandsworth.
27 Mar: Beethoven’s Mass in C, St Botolph’s Music Society, Colchester. Also Love bade me welcome by Vaughan Williams.
4 Oct: The Creation, Haydn, with the Worthing Philharmonic Choir.
His pure bass-baritone voice displayed maturity far exceeding his 23 years. (Worthing Herald)
16 Apr: Stainer’s Crucifixion at St Mary’s Church, Goring-by-sea.