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Tim Mead (born 1981 in Chelmsford) is definitely an British countertenor.

Tim Mead was created in Chelmsford, Kent and started singing like a treble within the choir of Chelmsford Cathedral. He was educated at King Edward Mire Grammar School, Chelmsford and also the Junior Department of Trinity College of Music where he studied cello and piano. He was an undergraduate at King’s College, Cambridge, where he would be a choral scholar studying musicology. After graduating, he won numerous scholarships for publish-graduate studies in the Royal College of Music where he studied with Robin Blaze.

Mead has performed with lots of leading interpreters including conductors Howard Arman, Harry Bicket, Ivor Bolton, William Christie, Stephen Cleobury, Marcus Creed, Laurence Cummings, Christian Curnyn, Alan Curtis, Ottavio Dantone, Paul Goodwin, Emmanuelle Haim, Thomas Hengelbrock, Vladimir Jurowski, Raymond Leppard, Nicholas Kraemer, Alessandro de Marchi, Nicholas McGegan, Marc Minkowski, James O’Donnell, Antonio Pappano, Hendes-Christoph Rademann, Andreas Spering, Masaaki Suzuki and Jos van Veldhoven. He’s collaborated with opera company directors including David Alden, Robert Carsen, Doris Dorrie, Stephen Langridge, David McVicar, Katie Mitchell, Ole Anders Tandberg, Deborah Warner and Chen Shi-Zheng.

He’s made an appearance with ensembles including Orchestra of age Enlightenment, the Academy of Ancient Music, The British Concert, L’ensemble des Arts Florissants, Le Concert d’Astree, L’ensemble des Musiciens du Louvre, Concerto Koln, Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble, Accademia Bizantina, Bach Collegium Japan, holland Bach Society, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, and also the RIAS Kammerchor.

In September 2016 Mead sang in Bach’s Mass in B minor included in the BBC Proms.

Mead is really a founding person in The Prince Consort. The consort have recorded functions by Ned Rorem, Brahms and Stephen Hough.

Mead’s opera roles up to now have incorporated:

Mead includes a wide-varying and growing discography such as the Gramophone Award nominated tracks of Handel’s Flavio using the Early Opera Company under Christian Curnyn (Chandos, 2010), Bach’s B minor Mass with Arcangelo under Jonathan Cohen (Hyperion, 2014) along with a DVD of Britten’s Dying in Venice with British National Opera under Edward Gardner, directed by Deborah Warner (Opus Arte, 2014). He’s featured on two tracks like a treble chorister soloist.