Maurice Bevan

Biography

Born: March 10, 1921; Shropshire County   Died: June 20, 2006  
Maurice Bevan was best known as the lead baritone with the a cappella ensemble, the Deller Consort, a group whose main focus was early vocal works, particularly those of Baroque-era British composers like Henry Purcell and John Dowland. Bevan appeared in numerous concerts and on countless recordings with the ensemble. Among the more memorable achievements of the Deller Consort was its acclaimed 1955 recording of the Thomas Tallis Lamentations of Read more Jeremiah. Bevan's career was well-rounded and extended into many other areas: he appeared often on the BBC children's radio program Listen With Mother (1950-1982), where he usually sang "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"; he also sang with the choir at St. Paul's Cathedral as a vicar choral and made several recordings with them as well. In addition, he was a music editor and composer of several hymn tunes, among them "Corvedale." What is easily among Bevan's greatest assets, though, was his longevity: he sang with the Deller Consort for more than 40 years, and critics often remarked about the richness, resonance, and flexibility of his voice when he was well past 60.

Bevan was born in Shropshire, England, on March 10, 1921. His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were Anglican clergymen, and his brother Roger was a choirmaster and founder of the renowned Bevan Family Choir.

Maurice Bevan studied at Magdalen College, Oxford. After serving in the military during World War II, he worked in Germany in broadcasting for a time. He returned to England in the late '40s to accept a post as vicar choral at St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

A fellow vicar choral there was Alfred Deller, who established his choral group in 1950. Bevan joined as the ensemble's lead, and often only, baritone (or bass-baritone).

Bevan remained one of the key figures in the group following Deller's death in 1979. Deller was succeeded by his son Mark. Bevan often appeared on recordings with the Deller Consort around this time, but also with the St. Paul's Cathedral Choir. His 1980 recording of the Haydn Mass in D minor (Nelsonmesse), with the St. Paul's Cathedral Choir and London Bach Orchestra (reissued on Guild Records in 1995) was among his more notable later achievements. Bevan gradually retired from the Deller Consort in the late '80s. He then served as a mentor to young singers at the Deller Academy until its 1996 closing. Bevan died on June 20, 2006. Read less

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Born: March 10, 1921; Shropshire County   Died: June 20, 2006  
Maurice Bevan was best known as the lead baritone with the a cappella ensemble, the Deller Consort, a group whose main focus was early vocal works, particularly those of Baroque-era British composers like Henry Purcell and John Dowland. Bevan appeared in numerous concerts and on countless recordings with the ensemble. Among the more memorable achievements of the Deller Consort was its acclaimed 1955 recording of the Thomas Tallis Lamentations of Read more
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King Arthur: [1.1] Overture [1.2] Air [1.3] Overture
King Arthur: Act I, sc.2: [2.1] Bass: "Woden first to thee" [2.2] Chorus: "Brave Souls" [2.3] Counter-tenor: "I call ye all"
King Arthur: Act I, sc.2: Tenor and Chorus: "Come if you dare"
King Arthur: Act II: [4.1] Philidel: "Hither this way bend" [4.2] Grimbald: "Let not a Moon-born Elf" [4.3] Philidel: "Hitheer this way" [4.4] Philidel: "Come follow me"
King Arthur: [5.1] 1 Shepherd: "How blest are Shepherds" [5.2] 2 Shepherdesses: "Shepherd, leave Decoying" [5.3] Hornpipe
King Arthur: Act III, sc.2: Prelude. Cupid: "What ho"
King Arthur, Z. 628: Act III, "What Power art thou, who from below..." ("Cold Song")
King Arthur: Act III, sc.2: [8.1] Cupid: "Tis I, that have warm'd ye" [8.2] Cupid & Genius: "Sound a Parley" [8.3] Air
King Arthur: Act IV, sc.2: 2 Syrens: "Two Daugthers"
King Arthur: Act I, sc.2 : I call ye all (contre-ténor + ch?ur)
King Arthur: Act V, sc.2: [3.1] Trompet Tune [3.2] Aeolus: "Ye Blust'ring Brethren"
King Arthur: Act V, sc.2: [4.1] Symphony [4.2] Song Tune. Nereid & Pan: "Round thy Coasts" [4.3] Alto, Tenor & Bass: "For Folded Flocks"
King Arthur: Act V, sc.2: Song Tune: "Your Hay"
King Arthur: Act V, sc.2: Venus: "Fairest Isle"
King Arthur: Act V, sc.2: [7.1] Soprano: "You say" [7.2] Bass: "This not my passion" [7.3] Bass: "But one soft Moment"
King Arthur: Act V, sc.2: [8.1] Trumpet Tune [8.2] Honour: "St. George"
King Arthur: Act V, sc.2: Chaconne
"The Masque" from TIMON OF ATHENS: [10.1] Overture [10.2] Air [10.3] Overture
"The Masque" from TIMON OF ATHENS: [11.1] Duet (Sopranos 1 & 2): "Hark" [11.2] Solo (Soprano): "Love in their little veins" [11.3] Trio (Sopranos 1 & 2, baritone): "Hence with your trifling deity"
"The Masque" from TIMON OF ATHENS: [12.1] Cupid: "Come all" [12.2] Chorus: "Who can resist" [12.2] Chorus: "Who can resist"
"The Masque" from TIMON OF ATHENS: [13.1] Solo (Soprano): "The cares of lovers" [13.2] Solo (Tenor): "Love quickly is palled" [13.3] Duet (Cupid & Bacchus), Chorus: "Come, let us agree"
Allegez moy, doulce plaisant brunette (1996 Digital Remaster): I - Original six-part chanson
Allegez moy, doulce plaisant brunette (1976 Digital Remaster): II - Lute duet version (Anon early 16th Century)
[1.1] Overture [1.2] Air [1.3] Overture
[2.1] Bass: "Woden first to thee" [2.2] Chorus: "Brave Souls" [2.3] Counter-tenor: "I call ye all"
Tenor and Chorus: "Come if you dare"
[4.1] Philidel: "Hither this way bend" [4.2] Grimbald: "Let not a Moon-born Elf" [4.3] Philidel: "Hitheer this way" [4.4] Philidel: "Come follow me"
[5.1] 1 Shepherd: "How blest are Shepherds" [5.2] 2 Shepherdesses: "Shepherd, leave Decoying" [5.3] Hornpipe
Prelude. Cupid: "What ho"
Act III, "What Power art thou, who from below..." ("Cold Song")
[8.1] Cupid: "Tis I, that have warm'd ye" [8.2] Cupid & Genius: "Sound a Parley" [8.3] Air
2 Syrens: "Two Daugthers"
Act I, sc.2 : I call ye all (contre-ténor + ch?ur)
[3.1] Trompet Tune [3.2] Aeolus: "Ye Blust'ring Brethren"
[4.1] Symphony [4.2] Song Tune. Nereid & Pan: "Round thy Coasts" [4.3] Alto, Tenor & Bass: "For Folded Flocks"
Song Tune: "Your Hay"
Venus: "Fairest Isle"
[7.1] Soprano: "You say" [7.2] Bass: "This not my passion" [7.3] Bass: "But one soft Moment"
[8.1] Trumpet Tune [8.2] Honour: "St. George"
Chaconne
"The Masque" from TIMON OF ATHENS: [10.1] Overture [10.2] Air [10.3] Overture
"The Masque" from TIMON OF ATHENS: [11.1] Duet (Sopranos 1 & 2): "Hark" [11.2] Solo (Soprano): "Love in their little veins" [11.3] Trio (Sopranos 1 & 2, baritone): "Hence with your trifling deity"
"The Masque" from TIMON OF ATHENS: [12.1] Cupid: "Come all" [12.2] Chorus: "Who can resist" [12.2] Chorus: "Who can resist"
"The Masque" from TIMON OF ATHENS: [13.1] Solo (Soprano): "The cares of lovers" [13.2] Solo (Tenor): "Love quickly is palled" [13.3] Duet (Cupid & Bacchus), Chorus: "Come, let us agree"
Te Deum
Jubilate Deo


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