Ruairi Bowen


Role: Tenor

Performances with FSO:

  • J S Bach: St John Passion (sung in German)
    7 March 2020
  • Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn and strings
    20 May 2023


Portrait of Ruairi Bowen

A finalist in the International Handel Singing Competition in 2020, Ruairi Bowen is much in demand as an interpreter of Baroque repertoire in the UK and abroad, collaborating with some of the leading conductors in the field including Emmanuelle Haïm, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Stephen Layton. An experienced Evangelist of J.S. Bach’s Passions, he made his debuts at Bachfest Leipzig and Snape Maltings with Solomon’s Knot, with whom he most recently sang Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium at London’s Wigmore Hall. Other engagements have included Bach's B Minor Mass with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the St John Passion with both the Adelaide & Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, as well as for the annual Good Friday performance with Polyphony and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Stephen Layton.

​​Equally at home with larger-scale symphonic works, he sang in the world premiere & recording of Stanford's Mass Via Victrix with the BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales and Adrian Partington and has also sung in Dvorak Requiem with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Three Choirs Festival, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and Vaughan Williams’ A Cotswold Romance.

On the operatic stage, he debuted Prologue/Quint in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw at Barnes Music Festival and took on multiple roles in Purcell’s The Indian Queen with Le Concert d’Astrée at l’Opera de Lille. He is an Emerging Artist for Longborough Festival Opera 2022 singing Vistola Fiume in F. Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola di Alcina and reprising The Indian Queen in Caen, Antwerp and Luxembourg.

A graduate of King's College, Cambridge, Ruairi was invited to sing on Proud Songsters, an album of English Solo Song with pianist Simon Lepper featuring distinguished former members of the world-famous chapel choir. Growing up in the Welsh Marches, Ruairi developed a keen interest in exploring the integrated relationship between poetry and nature through pastoral song with recent highlights including a recital on Innocence & Experience with Anna Tilbrook, performing Tippett's Cantata Boyhood's End and Finzi's A Young Man's Exhortation for Finzi Friends at Ashmansworth. He also performed on themes of The Games & Battles of Love for Recitals at Raynham and The Grange Festival, featuring Monteverdi Songs of Court directed by Michael Chance.

During the live music hiatus in 2020/21 Ruairi was a Support Worker for the Children's Section of the British Refugee Council and formed part of The Hampstead Collective, an ensemble dedicated to performing Handel Oratorio and Bach's sacred works. Where time allows he returns to Herefordshire to play cricket for Brockhampton CC and continues his studies with Nicky Spence & Caroline Dowdle. ​

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