Hargrave Music Festival

Patrick Craig

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Patrick Craig is a conductor, countertenor, harpist, teacher and lecturer.

He is a Vicar Choral at St Paul’s Cathedral and has sung almost a thousand concerts with world-renowned ensemble the Tallis Scholars.  He is also a member of The Cardinall’s Musick who won the Gramophone Record of the Year award for their recording of William Byrd’s Infelix ego.

Patrick Craig began conducting as Organ Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge.  It was here that he first staged a concert of music for women’s voices featuring Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, which he also accompanied on the harp.  On arriving in London to take up a place as a countertenor at the Royal College of Music, he formed Aurora Nova.  Working with the finest female choral singers in London he was afforded unique opportunities as a conductor.  Aurora Nova became the first all-female professional choir to lead Sunday worship at St Paul’s Cathedral.  He led them on their first tour of USA, and also conducted the City of London Sinfonia in a series of Orchestral Masses at St Paul’s.

Other conducting opportunities followed including guest conducting The Cardinall’s Musick at the Brinkburn, Brighton and Aldeburgh Festivals.  He is also Guest Conductor of the Cecilia Consort in Newbury where he has led performances of Poulenc’s Gloria, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Rutter’s Magnificat.

Patrick has also taught and directed on Tallis Scholars Summer Schools in UK, USA and Australia, and was a guest tutor on the new Renaissance Academy Summer School.  He has also guest conducted the Chiara Choir and led one day workshops for Brighton Consort and Border Marches Early Music Forum. He also leads Lacock Courses in Monteconero, Jimena, Venice and Trogir, combining exploration of 16th and 17th century sacred music with its historical and cultural contexts.

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