Marcus Farnsworth was awarded first prize in the 2009 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and the Song Prize at the 2011 Kathleen Ferrier Competition. He appears regularly in recital throughout the UK and abroad and collaborates with such performers as Malcolm Martineau, Julius Drake, Graham Johnson, Joseph Middleton and the Myrthen Ensemble.
Recent engagements have included appearances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in performances of Turnage’s The Silver Tassie, the world premiere of Cheryl Hoad’s Last Man Standing and Hubbard in Doctor Atomic conducted by John Adams. He also appeared in Candide, conducted by Marin Alsop with the London Symphony Orchestra. Marcus performed with the Aurora Orchestra and Nick Collen for Gruber’s Frankenstein in London and Cologne and made his debut at Teatro Real Madrid in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene.
Highlights of the 2019-20 include a re-invitation to the LSO for James McMillan’s St John Passion, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda; Handel’s Brocke’s Passion with Arcangelo, conducted by Jonathan Cohen; a tour of Purcell’s King Arthur with the Gabrieli Consort and a tour and recording of Peter Grimes with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner.
Marcus is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Southwell Music Festival.