Liam Bonthrone

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2019

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Voice - Tenor

Location: Guildhall School of Music and Drama


Scottish tenor Liam Bonthrone is in his second year on the Masters Programme at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, under the tutelage of Robert Dean and Adrian Thompson. He recently won First Prize in the GSMD English Song Competition.
Liam gained a First Class BMus from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he studied with Scott Johnson and won the Hugh S. Roberton Prize for Scottish Singing, the Leonie Kayser Prize and the Elgar/Spedding Lieder Duo Prize.
Liam has performed as a chorister in various productions at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Last summer he was an Alvarez Young Artist at Garsington Opera Festival and then performed his operatic debut in role of Don Ramiro with British Youth Opera.
He has performed in Masterclasses led by Malcolm Martineau, Ann Murray, John Treleaven, John Mark Ainsley and Roger Vignoles.
On the concert platform, performances have included Handel Messiah, Mendelssohn Elijah, Mozart Requiem and Mass in C minor, Haydn The Creation, Bach St John Passion, Finzi For St. Cecilia and Narrator the Scottish premiere of Joubert’s St. Mark Passion. He also appeared in various roles in the ensemble for Bernstein’s Candide, with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop, in the Barbican Centre.
Liam is in high demand as a recitalist, in 2019 he performed alongside the Prince Consort and fellow GSMD colleagues at the Wigmore Hall, and in Graham Johnson’s Song Guild at Milton Court. He was a featured soloist in the April 2019 BBC Boulanger sisters’ ‘Total Immersion’ weekend, later broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and he frequently performs in collaboration with pianist Alasdair Hogarth for Classic FM.
Performances in the 2019/2020 season include an appearance in a concert celebrating the work of composer Julian Philips, Handel’s Samson at Haddo House, and performing the role of Bruno in I Puritani with the Rotterdam Operkoor, in De Doelen. He will also undertake training as a Samling Young Artist in 2020.
Liam is thankful for the generous support of Help Musicians UK, the Goldsmiths and Behrens Foundations, The Caird Trust, and The Robertson Trust.