Baritone Jack to sing at his dad’s church

Baritone Jack Bowtell
Baritone Jack Bowtell
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A talented young singer from Clitheroe, hoping to hit the operatic heights, is to sing at his father’s church in Burnley.

Jack Bowtell (21) will perform at Rosehill Baptist Church at a charity concert in aid of church funds on Saturday, August 22nd.

The former head boy of Bowland High School, currently studying at the Royal Welsh Conservatoire in Cardiff, will play and sing a range of classical pieces from composers including Purcell, Vaughan-Williams and Villa-Lobos. He will be accompanied on guitar by his course-mate Oscar Watt.

The modest surroundings of Rosehill Baptist Church will be the latest stop for the budding baritone who has sung in such famous cathedrals as Canterbury, Barcelona, St Mark’s, Venice, and Monserrat Monastery.

His proud father Leroy Bowtell, the minister at Rosehill Baptist, said: “Jack studied with David Wilkinson in Colne before going to college.

“With David’s Pendle Youth Choir, Jack has sung in a number of churches and cathedrals around the world.

“David mentored and helped to shape Jack’s classical voice. He has been an amazing support and encouragement to Jack and this has been the key to him gaining a place in Cardiff and enabling him to pursue his goal of becoming an opera singer.

In September, Jack will be performing in the Royal Albert Hall at the Proms, with Sir Simon Rattle and the Vienna Philharmonic.

Tickets for the performance at Rosehill Baptist Church are £10 or £8 concessions and are available on the door, refreshments provided. Contact Leroy on email at or call 07737 708795.