About Marcus Farnsworth
Marcus Farnsworth is an English baritone. He began studying music in childhood and attended Minster Comprehensive School at Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire, where he was trained as a chorister. He went on to study at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, where he played trumpet and jazz piano, meanwhile studying voice with Martin Bussey. At the University of Manchester, Farnsworth made voice his principal instrument, and additionally took up conducting, leading the University Chamber Choir for two years. Farnsworth graduated from the University of Manchester in 2005 with first-class honors, and served as conductor of the Manchester University Chorus from 2005 to 2009. His voice teacher at this time was David Lowe, and he was lay-clerk at the Manchester Cathedral, as well as a member of the BBC Daily Service Singers. Farnsworth pursued post-graduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music, and won the 2009 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition, and the Song Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards in 2011. Farnsworth has performed in many operas, notably as Demetrius in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Kelvin in Fujikura's Solaris, and Aeneas in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. Farnsworth has performed concert repertoire with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Gabrieli Consort, among others. He has also given recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels, Opéra de Lille, and the Australian Chamber Music Festival. He is the founder and artistic director of the Southwell Music Festival, and an associate of the Royal Academy of Music.