Colin Baldy - Director of Music
Director of Music: Colin Baldy
career encompasses performing, teaching, writing and directing.
As a singer, he is known principally as a character baritone, having worked for many years with companies such as Garsington Opera, Opera Restor'd, The New Savoyards, Opera Interludes, Country Opera etc.
In addition, Colin
has performed much contemporary music with groups such as the London Sinfonietta
, Phoenix and New Chamber Opera.
has sung frequently on BBC Radios Two and Three, and has made several CDs; most recently appearing as Bass soloist in Bach's St John Passion (Naxos).
In recent years, he
has also enjoyed considerable success as a cabaret artist, performing the songs of Noël Coward and contemporaries.
As a teacher, Colin has had a long association with the University of Oxford, having been, for many years, the singing teacher at New College.
Now, however, he
teaching between London and Umbria.
He receives frequent invitations to teach around the world, and is a visiting professor at Utah State University (USA), and on the Cisternino choral course, Italy.
He is also director of the Scheggino Advanced Course for Singers in Umbria.
As a Musical Director, Colin was in charge of the music at St John the Divine, Kennington between 1981 and 1991.
He then went on to found the choir at Wantage Parish Church, where he was Director of Music from 1991 until 1998.
Colin was Musical Director of the National Pilgrimage to Walsingham for some six years, has been an occasional Musical Director on BBC Radio 2's Sunday Half Hour, directs the annual Oratorio Course at All Saints Anglican Church, Rome, founded the St Peter's Singers, Vauxhall, in 2003 and the Academy of St Peter's in 2005.
In 2001, Colin co-founded the Howden Festival in the East Riding of Yorkshire and founded the Maldon Festival of Arts in 2008.
Colin has directed productions of Cosi fan tutte (two productions), Le nozze di Figaro, Il Seraglio, Trial by Jury (three productions), Il barbiere di Siviglia, L'elisir d'amore, The old maid and the thief, L'enfant et les sortileges, Riders to the Sea, Dido and Aeneas and Venus and Adonis.
He is Artistic Director of Hand Made Opera, which he co-founded in 2000.
In 2002, Colin
published a book on vocal technique for the RSCM (Voice for Life, 5) and has also been published by The Guardian, Church Music Quarterly and The Independent.
latest book, The Student Voice, aimed at anyone who is serious about working on their voice, is published by Dunedin Academic Press
in March 2009
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All Music performances are copyrighted to the performing artists.
Photography by Colin Baldy
, Donald Cook, Kieran Sampson and Sally Why.