BARRY CLARK - Tenor
Barry Clark began his career with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company as a member of the chorus and principal tenor understudy, regularly performing many of the Gilbert and Sullivan roles. He subsequently worked in various companies such as New Sadlers Wells Opera, before a spell with Scottish Opera and their touring offshoot Opera-Go-Round, where he sang Don Ottavio (“Don Giovanni”) and Pinkerton (“Madama Butterfly”).
In the 1980s he played Lord Failsham in the national tour of Ivor Novello’s “Perchance to Dream”, starring Simon Ward, and Camille (“The Merry Widow”) opposite Sally Ann Howes.
An original cast member of “The Phantom of The Opera”, Barry Clark played The Auctioneer (he can be heard on the original cast recording) and later Piangi.
Joining Bristol Old Vic he played Pirelli in their acclaimed production of “Sweeney Todd”. At Chicester he was with the Sir Peter Hall Company for the musical “Born Again”.
Between 1997 and 2005 he performed the Three British Tenors, which enjoyed a busy concert schedule at home and abroad.
Returning to Gilbert and Sullivan, both on the concert stage and with Carl Rosa Opera, he has sung the roles of Earl Tolloller (“Iolanthe”), Jack Point (“The Yeomen of The Guard”), Sir Joseph Porter (“HMS Pinafore”), Major-General Stanley (“The Pirates of Penzance”), The Duke of Plaza Toro, (“The Gondoliers”), as well as Alfred (“Die Fledermaus”) and Zeta (“The Merry Widow”) in London’s West End, the UK, USA, Canada and South Africa.
At the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival he has appeared as Tolloller, and Lord Dramaleigh (“Utopia Ltd”) and directed a production of Gilbert’s rarely seen play, “The Hooligan”.
He is a founder member of a new Gilbert & Sullivan company, Tarantara Productions, along with director William Relton and musical director Martin Handley. They recently completed a successful tour of “HMS Pinafore” and “Iolanthe”, appearing in Guildford, High Wycombe, Chichester and Buxton, where Barry sang Sir Joseph Porter and The Lord Chancellor.
Most recently he has appeared as Pooh-Bah (“The Mikado”) with the Welsh Musical Theatre Orchestra, and as the Major General in their production of “The Pirates of Penzance”.
His cabaret “Late Loves”, co-produced with Janet Cowley, tours regularly.
He has recently joined other exponents of Gilbert and Sullivan in recording a selection of Gilbert’s comic verse “The Bab Ballads”, which is now available from the W S Gilbert Society.
His experience in the educational field began in 2010 at Itchen College, Southampton, where he worked extensively with sixth-form pupils on a programme which looked at British Musical Theatre from the 18th century to the present day.
With the formation of Tarantara, Barry joined forces with Chichester Festival Theatre Educational Outreach to present a potted version of “HMS Pinafore” with primary school children. Three schools were involved and, in collaboration with Martin Handley, a successful 20 minute show was performed by the children on the Chichester stage prior to a performance from Tarantara.
Subsequently, he has presented schools programmes at Hadlow Down and Jarvis Brook Primary Schools in East Sussex, and has been astounded at the commitment and talent displayed by children, many of whom had not been previously acquainted with the G&S repertoire.
DAVID HEATHCOTE - TENOR
David Heathcote made his debut in the role of Mahatma Gandhi in the British première of Philip Glass’s opera Satyagraha:
“David Heathcote was the dignified and appealingly human Gandhi” Opera
He went on to perform with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company at the Savoy Theatre, London, and toured extensively with the Carl Rosa Opera Company in Britain, Ireland, America, and Canada. David has performed operas by Puccini, Purcell and Rossini with companies around the UK and recently sang the role of Pyramus in Lampe’s Pyramus and Thisbe at the National Centre for Early Music.
David performed in a recital of operatic arias for the launch of the Scheggino Festival, Italy. His regular appearances as a soloist for choral societies include works by Handel, Mozart, Schubert and Rossini. He recorded Alan Rawsthorne’s ‘Lament for a Sparrow’ with the Alan Cuckston Singers.
David was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Huddersfield for his research in chemistry and studied singing at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He founded Opus 1 Opera, a mid-scale touring opera company renowned for its 'refreshingly traditional' productions. Opus 1’s repertoire included La Bohème, Tosca and Il Trovatore, which enjoyed successful tours of the UK and Ireland.
matthew scott clark - TENOR
Matthew graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and continued at the conservatoire to study with Adrian Thompson on the MA Opera Performance course.
Already an established performer, Matthew has sung the roles of Peachum in John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera and Jupiter in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld (Opera’r Ddraig); The Soldier in the world premiere of The Heart of Man by Michael Lowe (RepCo); The Defendant in Sullivan’s Trial by Jury (Winterbourne Opera) and Lord Tolloller in Iolanthe (Tarantara Productions).
For the RWCMD, Matthew has performed the roles of Dog in the British premiere of Starbird by Henry Mollicone; Pásek in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen ; Don Curzio/Don Basilio (cover) in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro; Bardolpho in Verdi’s Falstaff (conducted by Carlo Rizzi); Apollo in Handel’s Semele (RWCMD/Mid Wales Opera); Soldier in Viktor Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis; and Daniel Buchanan in Kurt Weil’s Street Scene.
Matthew is preparing the role of Gherardo in Puccini's one act opera Gianni Schicchi for the RWCMD Winter Opera Gala in November, conducted by Carlo Rizzi.
Matthew is also a Music in Hospitals artist, having performed for them in care homes across Wales and performs in concert regularly around the UK.
Connor Hęnrýk Fogel - PIANIST
Connor studied piano at the Royal Welsh college of Music and Drama, and gained a masters in Musical Direction from Mountview Academy of Performing Arts.
As a pianist, Connor has been the recipient of several prizes and awards including The Phillipa Whitlaw-Yardley Memorial Prize, The Eric Hodges Prize, The Princess Diana Memorial Award. Connor was a finalist in the 2016 Royal Welsh Concerto Competition.
In 2016 he became the first ever recipient of The Musicians Company Musical Director Award and became a yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Connor has also worked for ITV has an on-screen harpsichordist, and has recorded music for Prima Facie Records.
Many of his own musical compositions have been recorded by artists such as the Lux Quartet and the Messiaen Quartet, for which Connor is the pianist. As a Musical Director, past credits include Grande Hotel (Unicorn Theatre), Lockhart (Bernie Grant Arts Centre), The Phantom of the Opera (Redgrave Theatre, Bristol) and Into the Woods (Dewstow Gardens).
SIMON GRAY - PIANIST
Simon studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and has since worked as a conductor in opera and musical theatre on national tours, in the West End and in major concert houses. He has worked for Regency Opera, English Festival Opera, European Chamber Opera, the Carl Rosa Opera Company, Holland Park and English Country Garden Opera.
Simon was worked on many productions with our tenor Barry Clark including Madama Butterfly with Miyuki Morimoto, Falstaff with Giuseppe Taddei and The Merry Widow with Sally Ann Howes. He toured with Hinge & Brackett in their Proms concerts and has worked as MD for many pantomimes and concerts with a host of stars.
Simon Gray recently conducted Così fan Tutte at the Durham Music Festival followed by a national tour. Simon is a music lecturer at the Brighton Institute of Creative Theatre Training and also works as a Vocal Teacher at the University of Chichester where he also lectures in Opera & Operetta and Performance Development.