Patrick Craig   singer and conductor

Patrick made his Lacock debut at Music at Monteconero in June 2012, when the repertoire was based on settings of the text When David heard that Absalon was slain. He led the Jimena Music Week in Andalusia in April 2013 and will direct the Trogir Music Week in Croatia in September 2015, which explores the influence of political turmoil in Tudor England on its composers.

Patrick Craig began singing as a chorister in Lichfield Cathedral, and went on to become Organ Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he not only accompanied the choir but also directed them. He then studied as a countertenor for two years at the Royal College of Music with Ashley Stafford, where he sang lead roles in two Handel operas. He is also the director and founder of this countryís premiere all-female professional choir, Aurora Nova, who have sung Sunday services in St Paulís Cathedral for over eighteen years (www.auroranovachoir.com). Over that same period Patrick has primarily worked as a countertenor singing with St Paulís Cathedral Choir, the Tallis Scholars (in over 900 concerts) and The Cardinallís Musick. He has also guest directed The Cardinallís Musick at the Aldeburgh, Brighton and Brinkburn Festivals, and the Cecilia Consort in Newbury in works by Rutter, Poulenc, Part and Carissimi.

Patrickís solo engagements have included Mendelssohnís Elijah and Mozartís Requiem in Newbury, Monteverdiís Vespers in Douai Abbey, Bachís Christmas Oratorio  and Handelís Messiah in Hereford Cathedral, Brittenís Journey of the Magi in Aldeburgh, Orffís Carmina Burana in Uxbridge, Pergolesiís Stabat Mater and Bachís St John Passion in St Paulís, Brittenís Abraham and Isaac at the Presteigne Festival. and Handelís Saul in Chelmsford, in which he both sang the role of David and played Davidís harp solo.

As well as directing Lacock courses in Monteconero, Jimena and Venice, Patrick has also led workshops in Hereford, Beverley and Brighton, having previously taught for ten years on Tallis Scholars Summer Schools.  He has also lectured on Prayer and Music for the St Paulís Cathedral Forum. He continues to champion new music, premiering new works by Phillip Cooke, Eugenio Fagiani and Paul Crabtree with Aurora Nova in St Paulís. He also premiered Other Love, three solo settings by Paul Crabtree of poems by Wilfred Owen, for a special charity event in Shrewsbury raising funds for Combat Stress. 2013 was a busy year of 99 concerts with the Tallis Scholars for their 40th Anniversary, and in 2015 they will release a disc of Arvo Pšrt in celebration of his 80th Birthday. The Cardinallís Musickís project to record Tallisís complete sacred choral works will conclude in 2015 with a new recording of Spem in alium. He was proud to feature in the groupís project to record the entire Latin sacred music of William Byrd, the final volume of which won the 2010 Gramophone Record of the Year award, making them only the second Early Music ensemble to do so.

Patrick can be heard on the most recent recordings from The Cardinallís Musick (Volume four of the complete Tallis on Hyperion), St Paulís (Canticles on Hyperion) and the Tallis Scholars (Arvo Pšrt soon to be released on Gimell).

To read more about Patrickís musical career, hereís a link to his interview with the music journalist Pamela Hickman, conducted during the 2012 Monteconero course:   http://pamelahickmansmusicinterviews.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/british-countertenor-patrick-craig.html