John Potter's multifarious musical collaborators include lutenists Ariel Abramovich and Jacob Heringman, the Dowland Project with John Surman and Milos Valent, the composer Ambrose Field and the Conductus Ensemble with fellow tenors Christopher O'Gorman and Rogers Covey-Crump. A writer and scholar as well as a singer, he has published four books on singing and is a former British Library Edison Fellow. He is Reader Emeritus in Music at the University of York, having left the university in 2010 to focus on his portfolio of freelance projects. His non-performing activities have included publishing articles and research papers, examining doctoral theses in Europe and the UK and coaching ensembles in Europe and the USA.
Morgan is currently the violist of the Kreutzer String Quartet, the Locrian Ensemble and the Gavin Bryars Ensemble, with whom he records and travels extensively throughout Europe, and the world. He was a founder member of the Solaris String Quartet specialising in the music of composers interned in the Terezin concentration camp, Czechoslovakia, during the second world war. He has worked with many composers in England, Europe and Australia. Composers including Michael Finnissy, David Matthews, Jeremy Dale Roberts, Judith Bingham, David Gorton and Gloria Coats have all written quartets for the Kreutzer Quartet.
He has a busy recording schedule. He features as a solo artist on Naxos, and has recorded both Solo and as a chamber musician for Naxos, Dutton Epoch, GB Label, Toccata Classics, Guild, ABC Classics, BMS, NMC, and Metier.
James Woodrow trained at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. He is a member of the Gavin Bryars' Ensemble, Icebreaker, Lontano, the Roger Heaton Band and the John Harle Band. He has laso given many performances as soloist and ensemble player with the London Chamber Symphony, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and the London Sinfonietta. He plays in a number of jazz ensembles, inlcuding Candy Time, with whom he has recently recorded a CD and Just East of Jazz, with whom he has recorded two CDs. James has worked with a number of contemporary dance companies, including Richard Alston Dance Company, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Rambert Dance Company and Merce Cunningham Dance Company (playing in Gavin Bryars' piece Biped.)
Gavin Bryars studied philosophy at Sheffield University and became a professional jazz bassist and pioneer of free improvisation working especially with Derek Bailey and Tony Oxley. In the late 1960s he worked with John Cage: this influenced early works such as the indeterminately scored The Sinking of the Titanic of 1969 and the 1971 work Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet. Since then he has written five operas and music for many ballets as well as a great deal of vocal music. He performs with his own ensemble and his work is widely recorded - on his own label GB Records and elsewhere. He is a Transcendent Satrap and Regent of the Collège de 'Pataphysique.
John Potter tenor
Morgan Goff viola
James Woodrow electric guitar
Nick Cooper cello
Gavin Bryars harmonium
Bryars is inspired by the landscape and unique character of Holderness - the area of East Yorkshire between Hull and Spurn Head landscape, and at the same time the life and poetry of Andrew Marvell (1621-1678), the metaphysical poet who was born and raised in the Holderness region. When a young man of just 19, Marvell witnessed his father drowning as he was crossing the Humber by ferry. In its original form this new work took several iterations, the first being a performance by his ensemble of four musicians and tenor in the Church of St Germain, Winestead, where Marvell was baptised and where his father was rector. The second involved a sound installation in Hull and the third, concert performances in Hull and London, with harmonium replacing the tiny Winestead organ heard in this recording.
This piece is part of New Music Biennial 2017. For more information about the project and to download the New Music Biennial album, please visit our project page: http://www.nmcrec.co.uk/new-music-biennial-2017
Winestead is commissioned by Opera North.
Produced with the support of partners and funders:
The performance of Winestead was recorded live by the BBC at the Albemarle Music Centre, Hull on 30 June 2017 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 1 July 2017.