Press for Bethany Seymour

Bach B minor mass CDBethany Seymour moves ever closer to the big time, with taut ornamentation in Laudamus Te and smooth collaboration with Bruce-Payne in their two duets.’ York Press, December 2011

L’Olimpiade ‘… a group of young female singers headed by Bethany Seymour in the male role of Magacle. Her elaborate vocal decoration superbly sung will surely place her among Europe’s leading Baroque sopranos.’ Yorkshire Post, July 2012

L’Olimpiade  ‘Among so many excellent players and singers, Bethany Seymour was notable.’ Friends of YEMF, July 2012

Purcell’s King Arthur ‘The engaging Frost Scene benefited from Bethany Seymour’s Cupid and Matthew Brook’s Cold Genius, duetting strongly.’ York Press, July 2011

Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas The role of Belinda was sung by the strong and beautifully-toned soprano Bethany Seymour’  Kölnische Rundschau, March 2013

Press for Bethany Seymour and Ian Hoggart

Yorkshire Baroque Soloists concert in Rydale Festival June 2013. Written by David Denton for Metro.

Helping to launch this month’s Rydale Festival, and as a foretaste of next week’s York Early Music Festival, the soloist and conductor of Tonight’s opening concert in York Minster recreated a concert that you could have heard in 18th century London.

Among today’s young stars in the firmament of Baroque music, the York-born soprano, Bethany Seymour, is one of it’s brightest prospects, a career that now has the influential backing of the BBC Performing Arts Fund.

Powerful when required, always perfectly focused, unfailingly accurate in terms of intonation, and wonderfully agile, it is also a voice that she uses intelligently to shape and colour words.

If only someone in the world of Baroque opera would now discover that voice, she could enjoy a big career in that genre, but for the time being we can enjoy her singing on the concert stage.

For her programme she had chosen three extended pieces by Handel, including the Cantata, Mi palpita il cor, and three songs by Boyce, Arne and Chilcott that brought the joyful aspects of her voice to charm the ear.

She was joined by her father Peter, as the harpsichord accompanist and soloist in Bach’s French Suite in C minor, and by the equally young recorder player, Ian Hoggart, who gave a brilliant performance of Corelli’s La Folia. 

Press for Bethany Seymour and Niels Tilma

Concert with Yorkshire Baroque Soloists in the York Early Music Christmas Festival December 2013. Written by James Whittle for York Press. To learn more about the Festival click here. For more information about YBS click here.

Music derived from or influenced by the Italian Baroque illuminated Friday’s candlelit concert, which featured soprano Bethany Seymour and trumpeter Niels Tilma.

Handel’s Eternal Source of Light Divine opened the evening, with the soloists calling serenely to each other from either end of the church. The Yorkshire Baroque Soloists provided stately, sustained accompaniment.

Strings and harpsichord brimmed with energy in Vivaldi’s La Follia. These virtuoso variations, by turns vibrant, humorous, furious, plaintive, built to a thrilling climax. Instrumental tone and ensemble were expertly controlled, their poise and elegance becoming a hallmark of the evening.

It was easy to see why Handel had been impressed by the cantatas of Alessandro Scarlatti. His texturally varied Su le Sponde del Tebro was a most affecting highlight. Bethany Seymour as the betrayed lover engaged with languishing suspensions, to which Tilma’s bright tone offered consolation.

Francesco Conti’s Languet Anima Mea made a sensitive duet between Seymour and expressive violinist Daniel Edgar. Tilma’s performance of Corelli’s Sonata in D was effortlessly lyrical in the demanding higher register.

The capacity audience particularly enjoyed the jubilance of Bach’s Cantata 51: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen. Tilma maintained crisp articulation, while Seymour’s florid style was well suited to decorative cascades.

Her barer tone in the Chorale had a moralistic quality, before a brisk tutti Alleluia. Even without the abundant wine and mince pies, this was a refined Christmas treat.

Concert with Ensemble Zimmerman

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Review in JYLLANDS POSTEN JP-kultur August 2010.
On the first Saturday of the festival week, we went to a party to celebrate the 350th birthday of the Italian composer Allesandro Scarlatti.

The Århus based Ensemble Zimmermann which has specialized in baroque music had, in order to celebrate Allesandro Scarlatti’s 350 year birthday, put together a sort of chamber opera over the theme: unfortunate love. The music was by Scarlatti and some of his contempories including Händel and Corelli. It became a very good birthday party.

As a soloist we heard the English soprano Bethany Seymour. She proved to be an outstanding singer with a beautiful voice and a fine perception of baroque music. 

The rest of the ensemble are excellent instrumentalists – especially Niels Tilma, on the demanding baroque trumpet who was in a class of his own in his contributions.