Thomas Allen
Sat 03 Feb

MusicBaritone Sir Thomas Allen

With pianist Joseph Middleton

Portico is delighted to welcome one of the world's greatest opera singers to Portaferry. Quite simply, a huge star of opera houses across the world. Do not miss this very rare opportunity to see the great man himself performing in Northern Ireland. He will be accompanied by the award-winning Joseph Middleton on piano.


Vaughan Williams 
Let beauty awake
The roadside fire
Love- sight
Silent noon

Arthur Sullivan
​Orpheus with his lute

Edward Purcell
​Passing by

Haydn Wood 
Love's garden of roses
Jack Robson
​Cheviot hills

Eric Coates
​I heard you singing

Alan Murray
​I'll walk beside you

Sir Thomas Allen

Sir Thomas Allen is an established star of the great opera houses of the world. He has sung over fifty roles at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; in 2012 he celebrated his 40th anniversary of his debut with the company. An acclaimed recitalist, he is equally renowned on the concert platform and has appeared with the world’s great orchestras and conductors. Sir Thomas Allen is Chancellor of Durham University and his many honours include the title of Bayerischer Kammersänger awarded by the Bayerische Staatsoper. In the New Year’s Honours of 1989 he was created a Commander of the British Empire and in the 1999 Queen’s Birthday Honours he was made a Knight Bachelor. Among his proudest achievements is having a Channel Tunnel locomotive named after him; and most recently, being awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music 2013.

Oh what a beautiful voice!

Joseph Middleton

Joseph Middleton credit Sussie Ahlburg

Highly acclaimed pianist Joseph Middleton specialises in the art of song accompaniment and chamber music. He is Director of Leeds Lieder, Musician in Residence at Pembroke College Cambridge and a Professor at his alma mater, the Royal Academy of Music.
Joseph collaborates with many of the world’s finest singers in major venues worldwide, and has an award-winning and fast-growing discography. He is a regular guest at New York’s Alice Tully Hall, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, Zürich Tonhalle, Köln Philharmonie, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Musée d’Orsay in Paris and London’s Wigmore Hall. Recent seasons have also taken him to the Aldeburgh, Aix-en-Provence, Edinburgh, Ravinia, and Stuttgart Festivals.

Joseph collaborates with internationally established singers including Sir Thomas Allen, Ian Bostridge, Sarah Connolly, Lucy Crowe, Iestyn Davies, Wolfgang Holzmair, Christiane Karg, Katarina Karnéus, Simon Keenlyside, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, John Mark Ainsley, Kate Royal, Carolyn Sampson and Roderick Williams. His critically acclaimed discography includes discs with Carolyn Sampson (Radio France’s Disc of the Month & nominated for a Gramophone Award), Ruby Hughes (BBC Music Magazine’s Recording of the Month), Dame Felicity Lott, Amanda Roocroft, Clara Mouriz, Matthew Rose and Allan Clayton. Joseph made his BBC Proms debut in 2016 with Iestyn Davies and Carolyn Sampson.

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Event Details

Sat 03 Feb
19:30 to 21:30

Tickets cost £20. 'Under 25's £5....


  • The Portaferry Hotel
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Crafty Cakes
  • Barholme and the Ferryport Café
  • The Lep
  • The Lobster Pot

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