Greg Skidmore   baritone and conductor

Greg Skidmore

Greg has been a regular participant in Lacock courses in England, Italy and Spain and directed the Corsham Winter School in 2015. He will be a tutor at the Ludlow Summer School in August 2018. He is the director of the Lacock Scholars.

Born in Canada, Greg Skidmore arrived in England as an undergraduate at Royal Holloway College, University of London. After graduating with First Class Honours in Music, his post-graduate Choral Scholarship at Wells Cathedral lead him to Lay Clerkships at Gloucester Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford. He now lives in London and is pursuing a varied career of consort, choral, and oratorio singing.

Solo engagements include Bach’s St Matthew and St John Passions, Mass in B Minor, Christmas Oratorio, and Magnificat all with Ex Cathedra; Stravinsky’s Canticum Sacrum, Fauré’s Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah with the CBSO in Symphony Hall, Birmingham; Messiah with the Irish Baroque Orchestra; Purcell’s Ode for St Cecilia’s Day and Handel’s Dixit Dominus with the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment; Purcell’s Fairy Queen with the Gabrieli Consort at the Spitalfields Festival; the first ever English translation of Bach’s St Mark Passion with the Derby Bach Choir; Mendelssohn’s Elijah; Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana; the Brahms, Mozart, Duruflé, and Carl Rütti Requiems; Britten’s Cantata Misericordium; Purcell’s King Arthur and Dido and Aeneas (as Aeneas); numerous Bach cantatas including bass solo cantatas Ich habe genug and Ich will den Kreuzstab; and Monterverd’s 1610 Vespers at the Brighton Early Music Festival.

His solo work has taken him to Washington National Cathedral in the United States; the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice; Birmingham Town Hall; the Queen Elizabeth Hall and St. John’s Smith Square in London; and many other venues throughout the UK.

Equally comfortable in choral and consort singing, he has appeared with The Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen, The Cardinall’s Musick, I Fagiolini, Tenebrae, The Gabrieli Consort, The BBC Singers, Ex Cathedra Consort, Alamire, The Eric Whitacre Singers, Oxford Camerata, The Choir of the Enlightenment, Collegium Vocale Ghent, Cappella Amsterdam, The National Chamber Choir of Ireland, La Grand Chapelle (Madrid), Currende (Antwerp), and the Tafelmusik Baroque Chamber Choir (Toronto), among others.

Greg has also sung with the choirs of Westminster Abbey; St Paul’s, Westminster, and Winchester cathedrals; and St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. He can be heard on discs released by Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Harmonia Mundi USA, Hyperion, Linn, and others and his solo recording debut, released in 2011, was as Christus on Ex Cathedra’s recording of the Lassus St Matthew Passion.

While at Christ Church in Oxford, he began a course of doctoral research in Musicology at the University of Oxford and started his own men’s voices consort, I Dedicati, with whom he has explored the music of Isaac, Schütz, Byrd, Monteverdi, and other masters from the 16th and 17th centuries. He has given workshops in the UK, France, and New Zealand specialising in various collections of Renaissance polyphonic repertoire and is increasingly engaged in Canada as a guest conductor, choral mentor, and producer. He has been published in Early Music and his writing has appeared in programmes and CD liner notes for The Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen, The Cardinall’s Musick, The Gabrieli Consort, Tenebrae, and Ex Cathedra.

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