Bickley, Susan

Susan Bickley is firmly established as one of the most versatile mezzo-sopranos of her generation, equally at home in the opera house or on the concert platform, with a wide repertory encompassing the Baroque, the great 19th and 20th Century dramatic roles and the music of today.
Equally at home in baroque, nineteenth and twentieth century and contemporary music, she has sung important roles for Opéra de Paris, Glyndebourne, San Francisco Opera, De Vlaamse Opera and at Berlin's Staatsoper Unter den Linden. She created roles in Andriessen's Writing to Vermeer, Turnage's Twice through the Heart and Gerald Barry's The bitter tears of Petra von Kant. In concert, she has performed with all of the major British symphony orchestras and ensembles, with Les Arts Florissants, the Ensemble InterContemporain and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, at Carnegie Hall, New York, and at the Salzburg Festival. A distinguished recitalist, she has worked with pianists Roger Vignoles, Iain Burnside and Julius Drake.
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Marwood, Anthony

ANTHONY MARWOOD performs worldwide as soloist with many notable orchestras, and enjoys regular collaborations with Les Violons du Roy in Canada (he currently holds a three-year position as Principal Artistic Partner), the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra (Artistic Partner in the 2016-17 season), Tapiola Sinfonietta in Finland, Australian Chamber Orchestra and the St Louis Symphony in the USA. He has worked with conductors including Valery Gergiev, Sir Andrew Davis, Thomas Søndergård, David Robertson, Gerard Korsten, Ilan Volkov, Jaime Martin and Douglas Boyd. In 2015 he toured with the New Zealand, Sydney, Tasmanian and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, and in 2016 made his debut with the New World Symphony in Miami, returned to A Far Cry in Boston, and appeared at Festivals in Sanguine Estate in Australia, Lockenhaus in Austria, Bridgehampton, New York and Lanaudière in Quebec, where he performed Beethoven's violin concerto.

Walker, Garry


Winner of the 1999 Leeds Conductor’s Competition, Scottish-born Garry Walker studied cello and conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music. He is now Visiting Professor of Conducting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Garry Walker was Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (2003–2007), Principal Conductor of Paragon Ensemble and now enjoys a close association with Red Note Ensemble Scotland’s première contemporary music ensemble.

In the UK Garry Walker has worked with all the BBC orchestras, the Hallé, National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, London Sinfonietta, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Chamber orchestras have included the Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra and Academy of St Martin’s in the Fields. With SCO he has appeared at the St Magnus Festival, with the ECO in Lisbon and the City of London Festival and with ASMF at the Barbican’s Mostly Mozart Festival. He also regularly appears at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Outside the UK he has appeared with the Nieuw Ensemble, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Collegium Musicum, Denmark, Musikkollegium Winterthur and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin. Further afield he has had re-invitations to both the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Auckland Philharmonia and made his US debut with the Utah Symphony Orchestra. Amongst the many international soloists with whom Garry Walker has collaborated are Maxim Vengerov, Truls Mørk, Mischa Maisky, James Ehnes, David Geringas and Branford Marsalis.

An experienced opera conductor, Garry Walker conducted a new production of Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen for Garsington Opera in 2014. He has also conducted Britten’s Curlew River and the world première of Stuart MacRae’s opera The Assassin Tree at the Edinburgh International Festival. He also conducted MacRae at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio, Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and Raskatov’s A Dog’s Heart for English National Opera, Cimarosa’s The Secret Marriage for Scottish Opera and Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito at the Royal Northern College of Music.

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Gilbert's entrancing violin concerto, On Beholding a Rainbow, is performed by rising stars Anthony Marwood (violin) and Garry Walker (conductor) with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra, and coupled with Unrise and ...Into the gyre of a madder dance - two new works written for the wind ensemble of the Royal Northern College of Music, where Gilbert was for many years Head of Composition. The disc is completed by the haunting song-cycle Certain Lights Reflecting, which sets evocative texts by Tasmanian poet Sarah Day; it is heard here in a live recording by mezzo-soprano Susan Bickley, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis.


'The second NMC disc devoted to Gilbert's music is dominated by the giant, lyrical violin concerto On Beholding A Rainbow ... The violinist Anthony Marwood give a beautiful reading.' The Sunday Times

'a first-class recording' New Classics


Produced in association with BBC Radio 3


Certain Lights Reflecting

Recording date: 9 January 1992
Recording venue: BBC Studio 1 Maida Vale, London
Engineer: Michael Lucock
Producer: Stephen Plaistow

On Beholding a Rainbow
Recording date: 14 May 1999
Recording venue: Concert Hall, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
Engineer: Philip MacBean

Unrise/ in the gyre...
Recording date: 25 June 2004
Recording venue: Concert Hall, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
Engineer / Producer: David Lefeber

Editing & mastering: David Lefeber

Cover image: Colin Rose: 'For Tony 1 & 2', 2004

Certain Lights Reflecting (P)2005 BBC
Other works (P) 2005 NMC Recordings Ltd

Schott Music
Catalogue number:
NMC D105
Release Date:
1 March 2005