Mr Garth Bardsley
Profiles

Mr Garth Bardsley

Lecturer in Musical Theatre

School of Society and Culture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

Biography

Biography

Award-winning opera director, Garth Bardsley studied at St John's College, Cambridge, and at the Royal Northern College of Music. He made his operatic debut with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company and was a soloist for various opera companies. and festivals. He has extensive experience in musical theatre and starred in the West End productions of Jerry Herman’s The Best of Time and as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera. As a director, Garth has produced for numerous leading conservatoires and international festivals. His production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream won the Manchester Theatre Award Best Opera 2016. His first book, Stop the World - The Biography of Anthony Newley (Oberon Books) was serialised in The Daily Mail, and garnered 5* reviews from the national press. He has written several plays and, as a poet and lyricist, collaborates with British composer Ben Parry. Their numerous works have been performed and broadcast across the UK and America including the RAH, Christmas at Kings, Sage Gateshead, Washington DC’s National Cathedral and The Kennedy Center. Their Christmas pop song I Wrote You a Christmas Love Song has been recorded by the Royal Air Force Big Band and National Youth Choir of Great Britain and was broadcast worldwide in December 2019. They are currently working on a Christmas album as well as a one-man theatre piece for international opera singer, Christopher Purves. Garth also writes with American composer Gregory Wanamaker and in 2016 their choral work, Laude!, was broadcast on PBS across America and Canada. Together they are working on a new chamber opera and a new song cycle. Garth has been a senior lecturer in opera studies and performance practice at the Royal Northern College of Music. He has recently returned from a year’s Visiting Associate Professorship at New York University in Manhattan where he was Director of Opera and Musical Theatre. Garth joined the University of Plymouth in September 2021. 


Publications

Publications

Books

Stop the World: The Biography of Anthony Newley (Oberon Books 2003)

Compositions

 

STAGE

 

The Highwayman - a Musical

Book & Lyrics by Garth Bardsley and Music by Ben Parry (in progress)                                          

One Summer a Chamber Opera

Libretto by Garth Bardsley                                                                                    

School Rules – All You Ever Wanted To Know About Education But Couldn’t Be Bothered To Ask

A play for 11 – 15 year olds – Premiere June 2012– Dauntsey’s School, Wilts UK                                    2012

 

 

SECULAR CHORAL MUSIC

 

Flame

Music by Ben Parry Words by Garth Bardsley – Peters Edition 2011

BBC Promenade Concert - Aug 5th 2012 - Royal Albert Hall - Sung by 300 Singers - BBC Singers, The Bach Choir & the National Youth Choir Conducted by David Hill

(US Premiere - The Crane School of Music - SUNY Potsdam 2/12/12)

Sing A Cappella

Music by Ben Parry Words by Garth Bardsley – Peters Edition 2012

Commissioned for Sing a Cappella! UK – Premiere London Apr 29th 2012

Spring Sonnets

Music by Ben Parry Words by Garth Bardsley – Peters Edition 2012

Written for the BBC Singers – World Premiere at St Paul’s Knightsbirdge, April 23rd 2012 - Broadcast May 6th BBC R3

Career Paths

Specially Commissioned for the Peters Edition Changing Voices Series

Music by Ben Parry Words by Garth Bardsley – Peters Edition 2012

Sun Soul

Music by Ben Parry Words by Garth Bardsley – Peters Edition 2011

Eclipse

Music by Ben Parry Words by Garth Bardsley – Peters Edition 2011

Snow

Music by Ben Parry Words by Garth Bardsley – Peters Edition 2011

Commission for Loughborough - Premiere Dec 2010 

Christmas Cards

Music by Ben Parry Words by Garth Bardsley – Peters Edition 2012

Premiered by Cantabile Dec 2011

 

SOLO MUSIC

By The Way I Love You

Music by Ben Parry Words by Garth Bardsley – Oxford University Press 2021

Career Paths – Changing Voices Series

Music by Ben Parry Words by Garth Bardsley – Peters Edition 2012

Songs For Girls of a Certain Age

Music by Ben Parry Words by Garth Bardsley – Peters Edition 2012

World Premiere Gold Medal Concert, RNCM June 2012 - Mezzo Soprano Hanna-Liisa Kirchin

Professional Premiere – Sara Fulgoni - 2016

What is Christmas?

Music by Ben Parry Words by Garth Bardsley

I Wrote You A Christmas Love Song

Music by Ben Parry Words by Garth Bardsley

2019 Royal Air Force Central Band Christmas Broadcast

2019 Royal Albert Hall Christmas Carol Concerts – performed before 50,000 people

Christmas Seen Through Children’s Eyes

Music by Ben Parry Words by Garth Bardsley

 

SACRED CHORAL MUSIC

Aldeburgh Carol

Music by Ben Parry Words by Garth Bardsley – Peters Edition 2015

Three Angels

Music by Ben Parry Words by Garth Bardsley – Peters Edition 2011

Radio 3 Premiere – BBC Singers Dec 2011 

Bright Star

Music by Ben Parry Words by Garth Bardsley – Peters Edition 2012

Written for Edinburgh-based choir Cadenza - their new CD titled Bright Star

Veni Emmanuel

Music by Ben Parry Words by Garth Bardsley – Peters Edition 2012

The Christ Child is Born

Music by Ben Parry Words by Garth Bardsley – Peters Edition 2012

Colet Court School Commission – Premiere St Mary Abbots, Kensington Dec 2011

Gabriel’s News                                                                                  

Music by Ben Parry Words by Garth Bardsley – Peters Edition 2012

Monkton School Commission - Premiere Bath Abbey Dec 2011

Magi

Music by Ben Parry Words by Garth Bardsley – Peters Edition 2012

Cathedral Choral Society commission - Premiere National Cathedral, Washington DC 15/12/12       

 

 

Magi

Music by Ben Parry Words by Garth Bardsley – Peters Edition 2012

Commission for Washington DC's Cathedral Choral Society - World Premiere National Cathedral, Washington DC 15/12/12         

 

School Rules (or All You Ever Wanted To Know About Education But Couldn’t Be Bothered To Ask )

A New Play by Garth Bardsley with Songs by Garth Bardsley and Ben Parry

Premiere July 3rd 2012– Dauntsey’s School, Wilts UK