Greg Tassell

Genre: Tenor

Artist Reviews

"This biblical text is interspersed with solo arias providing devotional commentary. Soprano Kirsty Hopkins and tenor Greg Tassell movingly conveyed their horror at what they were anticipating or witnessing while fluently negotiating long high-lying lines."

Tenor arias, St John Passion - St Albans Choral Society 2019 - Alan Nafzger,

"The soloists were a well-matched trio. The tenor (as Uriel) has only one aria (In native worth) in which he can shine, but Greg Tassell handled this with aplomb and a clear tone, although with less engagement than the other two soloists. This slightly distanced approach, however, worked well for his narrative passages, which were delivered with the clipped conciseness that befits an archangel who receives scant scriptural description."

Creation, St John's Smith's Square - The Whitehall Choir 2019 - Barry Creasy,


Tenor Greg Tassell was brought up on a hop farm near Tunbridge Wells in Kent and was a chorister at Durham Cathedral. He studied music at Exeter University, becoming a choral scholar at Exeter Cathedral under Andrew Millington. After a two-year stint working at a publishing company in London, Greg won a place on the post graduate diploma course at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied under David Lowe and Ryland Davies. Whilst at the RAM he reached the finals of both the London Handel Competition & London Bach Prize. He was a Young Artist for Retrospect Ensemble, a post that took him to the Wigmore Hall, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem with Purcell’s The Fairie Queen. He has performed on Polish radio with the Krakow Music Academy in Bach’s St John Passion and at the Orkney Festival in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. In recital Greg has performed at the London Handel Festival, Deal Festival of Arts and many others nationwide.

On the opera stage, Greg has performed chorus and various small roles with English Touring Opera, being the first to ever play the role of Badger in Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr Fox. He was also part of ETO’s award-winning education programme, presenting opera to special needs children. Greg has since performed with Nova Music under George Vass, creating the role of David in Charlotte Bray’s contemporary three person opera, Entanglement.

Since 2011 Greg focused his career both as a soloist on the oratorio & recital platform and in education becoming a singing teacher. He now teaches the choristers of Canterbury Cathedral as well as committing a huge amount of time to the music department of St Edmund’s School Canterbury. At Christmas and Easter Greg can be found somewhere in the UK performing Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Passions (arias or Evangelist), Britten’s St Nicolas and other seasonal favourites. He also regularly performs unusual repertoire such as Macmillan’s Gloria, McDowall’s Some corner of a foreign field, Monteverdi’s Vespers and Buxtehude’s Jesu Membra Nostri. Greg has become particularly well known for performing the role of the Roasting Swan in Carmina Burana in full costume which he did most recently in Cambridge for St Ives Music Society.

Aside from his solo performances, Greg is a founder member of professional chamber choir Sonoro ( He is also very proud to conduct the wonderful Thanet Chamber Choir and has recently led them in performances of Durufle’s Requiem and Bach’s Jesu Meine Freude.

On a lighter note, Greg is a big fan of Elvis Presley and has been known to don a jumpsuit and sing a few numbers himself at parties or other social events. In his spare time, he is a keen golfer and cricketer, when time (and his wife) allows.

For Oratorio, Concert and Operatic roles please scroll down:

Oratorio and concert rep
Composer Work
Bach JS Ascension Oratorio
B Minor Mass
Cantatas 55, 147,
Christmas Oratorio
Easter Oratorio
St John Passion – Evangelist & Arias
St Matthew Passion – Evangelist & Arias
Beethoven Mass in C
Mass in D
Missa Solemnis
Britten Les Illumination
Serenade for tenor and horn
St Nicholas
The Company of Heaven
Bruckner Te Deum
Carissimi Jephta
Chilcott Requiem
Dvorak Mass in D
Stabat Mater
Finzi Dies Natalis
Goodhall Eternal Light
Hamilton Requiem
Handel Chandos Anthems 11
Dettingen Te Deum
Dixit Dominus
Foundling Hospital Anthem
Israel in Egypt
Judas Maccabeus
My Heart is Inditing
Ode For St Cecilia’s Day
Haydn The Creation
Imperial Nelson Mass
The Seasons
St Nicholas Mass
Macmillan Gloria
Maunder Olivet to Calvary
McDowall Some Corner of a Foreign Field
Mendelssohn Elijah
Hymn of Praise
Lauda Sion
Monteverdi Vespers
Mozart Mass in C
Mass in C minor
Orff Carmina Burana
Parry The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Pergolesi Magnificat
Puccini Messa di Gloria
Rossini Petite Messe Solonnelle
Stabat Mater
Rutter St George and the Dragon
The Wind in the Willows
Schutz St Matthew Passion
Stainer The Crucifixion
Vaughan Williams Hodie
Serenade to Music
Opera Roles
Beamish The Angel – Hagar in the Wilderness
Bray David – Entaglement
Britten Albert – Albert Herring
Handel Acis/Damon – Acis & Galatea
Mozart Belmonte – The Abduction from the Seraglio
2nd Priest – The Magic Flute
1st Armed Man – The Magic Flute
Basilio – The Marriage of Figaro
Offenbach Mercury – Orpheus and the Underworld
Picker Badger – Fantastic Mr Fox
Smetana Jenik – The Bartered Bride


Artist: Greg Tassell
Label: Ann Ferrier Artists
Genre: Tenor