In September 2018 British tenor, Xavier Hetherington begins postgraduate study at the Royal College of Music in London as Their Serene Highnesses Dr Prince Donatus and Princess Heidi Von Hohenzollern scholar. Xavier will learn with Tim Evans Jones and be further supported by Help Musicians UK. Xavier comes from a family of singers, but this has not been enough to put him off pursuing a career as a classical tenor. He loves music of all sorts: jazz, progressive rock and disco - but it is the emotional directness of opera and romantic art song which attracts him most. His musical training began early, as a boy chorister in the choir of Salisbury Cathedral. He studied at Charterhouse and then as a choral scholar at St John’s College in Cambridge where he read Classics. From the age of eighteen Xavier began to sing as a soloist in concerts and operas in Cambridge and elsewhere. As an undergraduate he played Lensky in Eugene Onegin and Jephtha in a staging of Handel’s oratorio of that name, as well as singing sacred pieces such as Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s St John Passion in cathedrals and churches around the UK. After leaving Cambridge in 2016 Xavier moved to Moscow where he studied under the Russian baritone Pyetr Sergyeevich Gluboki. He has a love of Russian music, language and culture generally and in June 2018, despite having returned to live in the UK where he has been studying with Christine Cairns, he will sing a concert in the Museum of of the Silver age in Moscow - the first, he hopes, of many. Xavier has recently performed in two operas for the New Generation Festival in Northern Italy and London: Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Eurydice (in which he played the normally soprano role of Amor). In the summer of 2018 he performed in William Walton's Henry V at the New Generation Festival in Florence and in Rossini’s one act farsa comica, La Scala di Seta for the Raucous Rossini company at venues in Scotland, England and Italy as well as playing the roles of Don Basilio and Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro at Dartington Festival.
'Ethereal' Gramophone Magazine
'Particular mention has to go to Hetherington as Lensky. Some of his arias were hauntingly beautiful, and his solo before his fatal duel with Onegin is still lodged in my brain.' The Cambridge Tab
'Hetherington imbued Satan with an immense amount of character in his unsettlingly slimy portrayal, showing an impressive control in his upper register' The Cambridge Student
'Hetherington deserves a special mention for his moving performance as the tragic love poet.' Varsity
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Xavier will sing the tenor solos in Mozart's masterpiece with the choir and orchestra of Bournemouth University in Winchester Cathedral . Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.tickets.winchester-cathedral.org.uk/en-GB/shows/bournemouth%20university%20-%20arts%20university%20choirs%20-%20orchestras/events
Xavier will be playing the sailor in a double bill of the New Generation Festival production of Henry Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas' at Brasserie Zedel in London. https://www.brasseriezedel.com/live-at-zedel/purcells-dido-and-aeneas