Richard Cunningham – Countertenor
and James Renwick – Guitar

Saturday, March 17, 2018
8:00 p.m.

A mixture of John Rutter’s song cycle Shadows and Renaissance lute songs.

Countertenor Richard Cunningham and classical guitarist James Renwick have worked together on many projects over the last few years.

photo of Richard Cunningham, Countertenor

Through his long career as a musician, Richard Cunningham has travelled throughout North America and Europe. Performing as a countertenor soloist, he has sung in Bulgaria, Germany (including both sides of that once divided country), Holland, Sweden, France and Great Britain, as well as coast-to-coast in the U.S. and Canada. He has also travelled widely as a chorister, performing with the Elora Festival Singers, the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, La Chapelle de Québec, the Taverner Consort, Winchester Cathedral Choir and St George’s Chapel Choir of Windsor Castle.

Up until recently, Richard was the director at Eden United Church in Mississauga. He has since been appointed as the music director with the Canadian Orpheus Men’s Choir in Hamilton. He has also been the director of the Grand River Chorus for the last nine years.

James Renwick playing guitar

James Renwick chose a career in music when he discovered his love of playing classical guitar. He achieved a Bachelor’s degree at McMaster University and a Master’s Performance degree at the University of Toronto. He is now working on his Doctorate of Musical Arts at U of T. James has performed in masterclasses with world famous guitarists Ana Vidovic, Pavel Steidl and Jérôme Ducharme and is extremely versatile with musical styles. A passionate lead tenor with the Kingsway Lambton United Church, he also sang with the Exultate Chamber Singers and the Baroque Arcady Singers. James is currently teamed up with trumpeter Dylan Rook Maddix as The Elysian Duo offering concerts and workshops tailored to suit various age groups.

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