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As a Countertenor Soloist Tim Travers-Brown has sung a broad gamut of Baroque and Classical repertoire with some of the foremost Early Music Ensembles in the UK and across Europe, America and Japan for over 25 years.  He has been a keen exponent of Bach, singing with The Israel Chamber Orchestra/Kraemer in Tel Aviv, The Dunedin Consort/Butt in The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, The Sixteen/Christophers in Porto, The English Concert/Bickett in Valletta, The London Bach Singers/Feinstein Ensemble and Bach Collegium Japan in Tokyo Opera City Hall to name but a few.  See Repertoire. He has also performed many of Handel’s Oratorios, notably with The Hannover Hofkapelle, The London Handel Festival Orchestra/Cummings, St. Albans Bach Choir/Lucas, The Thomas Tallis Society, and Messiah with Arcangelo, City of London Sinfonia and The London Mozart Players.  Other notable engagements have included Trond Kverno’s St. Matthew Passion at St Olaf Festival Trondheim, Italian Renaissance Polyphony with Philippe Herreweghe, Purcell’s Ode on the death of John Blow (Stour Music with Michael Chance), Vivaldi Stabat Mater(English Philarmonia), Purcell Odes with The Gabrieli Consort/McCreesh across Europe, Britten Canticles at St. Paul’s Cathedral/Mark Williams and numerous performances with The London Bach Singers and The New London Consort – further, see Media and Repertoire

As a Recitalist, Tim has relished the intimacy of performing with pianists Jeremy Filsell (Windsor Castle, Washington DC and a solo disc - see Discography) Simon Watterton (Royal Holloway University) and Paul Drayton (Trelowarren, Cornwall) and lutenists James Akers (Handel House Museum), David Miller (Segovia, Burgos, Windsor Castle) and Jacob Heringman (Early Music Show, BBC)

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In Contemporary Music he has loved performing with groups such as Exaudi (Ensemble Intercontemporain in Poppe’s Interzone at Cite de la Musique/Philarmonie 2), The Royal Opera House Orchestra (Maazel 1984, conducted by the composer) and with artists such as David Fitzgerald (the album Columcille and on the BBC’s ‘First choice’ programme). It was a labour of love for Tim to record a disc of songs by British Composers with his great friend Jeremy Filsell (see Discography).  It includes two world premiere recordings of Song Cycles by Michael S. Howard and Betty Roe, alongside songs by Peter Warlock and Herbert Howells.

Tim has been an eager participant in many Choirs and Consorts since his time as a treble in Chelmsford Cathedral Choir.  At the start of his career, he was a Lay Clerk at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, then at St. Paul’s Cathedral where he sang for many Royal and State services and the regular performances of Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s St. John Passion.  He went on to sing regularly with The Monteverdi Choir, The Tallis Scholars, Tenebrae, Le Concert d’Astree, The Gabrieli Consort, Collegium Vocale Ghent/Herreweghe, The Dunedin Consort and the Choir of the Enlightenment, amongst many others (see Discography) 

With Chamber Groups, memberships have included some exciting performances far and wide too: 

The Musicke Companye (National Federation of Music Societies Tour of Britain, Purcell Ode’s, Handel and Caldara Cantatas in The Wigmore Hall, Italian Baroque Music at Bishop Auckland Early Music Festival), The New London Consort (Purcell Verse anthems & Odes, Bach St. John Passion, Mass in B minor, Purcell’s Fairy Queen in Cite de la Musique, Bridgewater Hall, QEH, Palau de la Musica), The London Bach Singers (Handel’s Messiah, Bach Passions, Christmas Oratorio, Cantatas and Mass in B minor at Kings Place, London), The Binchois Consort (US Tour, Amuz Festival, Antwerp, Hereford Festival, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, see also Discography)

On Stage, Tim has sung the title role in Gluck’s Orfeo (with Peter Holman, and Emily van Evera), ‘Didymus’ in Handel’s Theodora (Dartington Summer School), Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas and Handel’s Acis & Galatea (Hogwood) at ROH, cover of ‘Creonte’ in Steffani’s Niobe (Hengelbrock) at ROH, ‘Mopsa’ and ensemble in Purcell’s Fairy Queen and King Arthur (New London Consort and Armonico Touring Opera).  Alongside this experience Tim undertook 4 years of acting coaching with Peter Bishop 

Tim Studied up to the highest Grades on Piano, Violoncello and Organ – he was a Violoncellist in The Essex Youth Orchestra, and Parish Organist for his father – he even studied the viol for a couple of years with the expert guidance of Alison Crum. He gained a BA Hons degree at Colchester Institute School of Music, going on to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Charles Brett and extensively with Robert Spencer, particularly in events to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the death of Henry Purcell.  He is currently a Lay Clerk in the choir of St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

 
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EVENTS

Handel - Messiah

Eton College Music Society Chorus & Orchestra

Matthew O'Donovan

Eton College Chapel

Tuesday 22nd March, 2022 at 8:15pm

ISABELLA LEONARDA 400TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

Capella Fede/Peter Leech

Temple of Peace, Cardiff

Saturday 9th April, 2022 at 7pm

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Bach - St. John Passion

The Royal Free Singers/Ben Gunner

Windsor Parish Church, UK

Saturday 9th April, 2022 at 7:30pm

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J.S.Bach - Mass in B minor

The London Bach Singers, The Feinstein Ensemble/Martin Feinstein

King's Place, London, UK

Friday 15th October, 2021 at 7:30pm

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Handel - Samson

Windsor & Eton Choral Society, Orpheus Sinfonia/Tim Johnson

part of The Windsor Festival

Windsor Parish Church, UK

Saturday 2nd October, 2021 at 7:30pm

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Vocal Tuition has been at the forefront of my singing career since I began more than 25 years ago.  

 

I am constantly encouraged and inspired to see the developments my pupils make on their vocal journey, whatever age and capacity, striving to release the potential in their individual singing abilities. This has continually informed the way I have approached my own vocal technique and how to enhance it throughout my career.  As developments and experience in my teaching have increased, my approach has become more holistic, with the understanding and realisation that a pupil’s journey through the improvement of their technique, will happen with more effective results if we look at the connection with life experiences and how we all approach them.

My pupils have varied in age and experience over the years. I have taught young choristers alongside children in secondary school studying for Grade Exams and building on their technique, most particularly at Eton College where I have been teaching for 7 years.  As a member of the vocal faculties at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and Royal Holloway University, I have taken many exciting journeys with students preparing to embark on professional careers.  Some of those students and others who are fully fledged professional singers, have had lessons to build further on what they already know, fine-tuning and honing their comprehensive skills.  This fine-tuning has also applied to many other private students I teach, who sing in Choral Societies or Chamber Choirs, or simply for the sheer enjoyment of knowing that through regular lessons with me, they will be able to feel more at one with their own vocal technique, developing it and themselves as a source of well-being, often with the possibilities of performing on the concert platform.

Educational Establishments where I have taught

Private Teacher of Voice, Piano & Theory of Music -  Current

St. John’s College, Cambridge  Choral Scholars      

Eton College Voice, Accompanist - Current                              

Royal Holloway University Voice - Current              

Trinity Laban Conservatoire                                              

Professor of Singing,

Member of Historical Performance Faculty,

Director of The Early Music Vocal Ensemble

Charterhouse School  Voice.                               

Wimbledon High School for Girls                                           

Voice & Director of Chamber Choir   

St. George’s School, Windsor Castle                                 

Voice & Piano, Vocal coach to the Choristers             

Brigidine School for Girls, Windsor                                        

Voice & Piano, Choir director                              

St. Andrew’s School, Pangbourne  Voice and Piano              

Elstree School, Woolhampton Voice and Piano                      

Music Transposition and Transcription

I have been transposing and transcribing vocal scores ever since my University days, initially by hand but for many years now using the Sibelius music writing programme.  I regularly transpose songs for my own pupils to help them sing at a pitch which brings out the true colours of their voices and often do the same for colleagues far and wide.

Please CONTACT ME direct with an enquiry.

Testimonials

“Tim is an excellent and inspirational teacher. He gave me a solid grounding in the all-important core elements of vocal technique that took me from being an undisciplined cabaret singer to scholarship offers at conservatoires.  He is unfailingly patient, kind, and generous (almost to a fault) with his time.  Tim’s wide experience in the baroque repertoire means he is also an expert collaborator and coach in this music, able to offer stylistically informed vocal teaching that is particularly useful for countertenors or anyone interested in early music.  Above and beyond this, Tim is quite simply an excellent technician, who understands how voices - of any type - work and how to make them work better.”                    

Dominic

“ I have been having singing lessons with Tim for six years.  He is a supportive and empathetic teacher and his lessons are well structured, with much emphasis on breath control and the complex physiology of voice production.  Tim has introduced me to a broad range of music in a variety of different genres and languages, and he is always patient and encouraging.  Under his tuition I have progressed in both vocal ability and confidence and have developed a lifelong joy of singing.”

Ann

"Tim's tuition and guidance on vocal technique has proved invaluable for me as a performer. Rigorous touring schedules with The King's Singers, including 140+ concerts each season, simply wouldn't have been possible without a solid technique which Tim helped me to develop. I will always be hugely grateful for his patience, clarity of approach and friendship over the years." 

Tim Wayne-wright

“I consider myself exceptionally fortunate in finding and working with Tim as my singing teacher.  He is undoubtedly the best technician I have ever been taught by, including my time at Oxford and the RCM; his understanding of the voice, ability to spot, analyse and find appropriate solutions for technical issues is unparalleled.  His technical expertise has revolutionised my singing, but not only is he a consummate technician, he is also a superb musician.  It is never possible to get away with poor phrasing or indifferent musicality - Tim's own natural musicianship shines through in his teaching; these, in combination with his passion and enthusiasm for enabling others to grow and succeed as singers is a rare and precious gift.  I am incredibly grateful to have benefitted from his inspirational teaching.”

Philip

 

SOLO REPERTOIRE

J.S.BACH  

Magnificat                 

Guilford Philharmonic Orchestra/Kraemer, Colchester Choral Society, 

Cheltenham Bach Choir/Brian Kay, St. Alban’s Bach Choir/Lucas,

The English Concert/Cummings

Christmas Oratorio

Tel Aviv & Israel Chamber Orchestra/Kraemer, 

Wells Oratorio Society, The London Bach Singers/Feinstein

Mass in B minor

Thomas Tallis Society, Colchester Choral Society,

Hadleigh Choral Society, The English Concert/Cummings, 

The London Bach Singers/Feinstein,

St John Passion

The Sixteen/Christophers (Porto), Ealing Choral Society (Cadogan Hall),

The Parley of Instruments/Peter Holman, The Dunedin Consort (Edinburgh)

Colchester Bach Choir, Charivari Agreable (Merton College Oxford),

The London Mozart Players/John Scott, City of London Sinfonia/Carwood, 

St Matthew Passion

The Dunedin Consort (Edinburgh), The London Bach Singers/Feinstein, 

The Monteverdi Choir/Gardiner (Cadogan Hall & European Tour)

Tim has performed many of Bach’s Cantatas, notably with 

The Dunedin Consort, St. Alban’s Bach Choir, 

Bach Collegium Japan and The London Bach Singers.  

HENRY PURCELL 

Bonduca

The OAE

Hail bright Cecilia

Gabrieli Consort/McCreesh

(Aldeburgh, La Chaise Dieu and

Wroclaw Festival)

Come ye Sons of Art

Gabrieli Consort/McCreesh (France),

Cheltenham Bach Choir/Brian Kay, 

The Parley of Instruments/Holman,

Temple Players

Dido & Aeneas

The OAE

Royal Opera House/Hogwood

European Voices/Egarr,

The Parley of Instruments/Holman                                                                           

Fairy Queen & King Arthur

The New London Consort (European Tour)

Armonico Touring Opera (UK Tour)                                                                                  

Timon of Athens & Dioclesian         

The New London Consort 

(Rotterdam, Bridgewater Hall)                                                                                  

Verse Anthems & Odes                     

The New London Consort

(Spanish Cathedrals Tour)

The Parley of Instruments/Holman

VIVALDI

Dixit Dominus

The New London Consort

(Spanish Cathedrals Tour)

Gloria

Witham Choral Society,

Colchester Choral Society

Nisi Dominus

Colchester Choral Society,

The Parley of Instruments/Holman

Salve Regina

The Parley of Instruments/Holman

Stabat Mater

English Philarmonia

HANDEL 

Belshazzar                

Hannover Hofkapelle (Ewersburg, Germany)

The Choice of Hercules, Esther

The Parley of Instruments/Holman

 

Dettingham Te Deum             

Cheltenham Bach Choir/Brian Kay

 

Dixit Dominus                          

The English Concert/Nigel Short, 

London Handel Festival Orchestra

 

Israel in Egypt       

Fishguard Festival Orchestra,

Dorking Festival/Brian Kay, 

Thomas Tallis Society,

Colchester Choral Society

 

Jephtha                  

Thomas Tallis Society

 

Judas Maccabeus  

London Handel Festival Orchestra/Cummings, 

Norwegian Baroque Orchestra

Messiah

The Dunedin Consort (La Chaise Dieu Festival),

Guildford Philharmonic, Wells Oratorio Society

London Mozart Players, Fiori Musicali/Rapson, 

L’Arco (Molde, Norway), City of London Sinfonia,

Armagh City Choir, Holmfirth Choral Society, 

Fishguard Festival Orchestra,

Aldeburgh Music Club (Snape Maltings),

Colchester Choral Society, 

Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne

London Handel Festival Orchestra,

The Musical & Amicable Society, 

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,

The Parley of Instruments/Holman

 

Saul (David)           

The Dunedin Consort

 

Samson (Micah)

Colchester Choral Society,

Coventry Philharmonic Choir

 

Solomon

St. Alban’s Bach Choir/Lucas

CPE Bach ‘Magnificat’

Tring Choral Society

A.Bononcini ‘Stabat Mater’

Colchester Choral Society

 

Bernstein ‘Chichester Psalms’                      

Colchester Choral Society, Cheltenham Bach Choir,

The London Bach Choir/Hill, Hertford Choral Society

 

‘Choruses from the ‘Lark’                           

Colchester Choral Society 

John Blow ’Ode on the death of Henry Purcell’

Stour Music Festival with Michael Chance

 

Britten 'Canticles'

St. Paul’s Cathedral/Mark Williams

 

Grandi Arias and Motets

La Nuova Musica

 

Monteverdi 'Vespers'

Larvik Baroque Soloists (Norway),

La Nuova Musica (Wigmore Hall),

Coventry Philharmonic Choir,

Cheltenham Bach Choir, The OAE (European Tour), 


Pepusch 'Magnificat'

London Handel Festival Orchestra                          

 

Pergolesi 'Magnificat'

Colchester Choral Society

 

Ridout 'Canticle of Joy'

Hadleigh Choral Society

Leith Hill Music Festival 

 

Steffani 'Niobe'

(Cover of Creonte, ROH)

 

Telemann Cantata Du aber Daniel

The Feinstein Ensemble

William Boyce ‘David’s Lament’        

Draghi ‘Ode on St. Cecilia’s Day’   

Lully ‘Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme’  

Schütz ‘Resurrection & Christmas Story’

All with The Parley of Instruments/Holman