our new Director of Music
You will have seen from previous posts that Paul Drayton recently announced his intention of stepping down from this position which he had held since 2005. His last concert with us will be at Mevagissey on November 24th.
We are delighted that Tim has agreed to join us at Duchy Opera. As you will see, he has wide experience in the Opera world and has much to bring to Cornwall where he has recently relocated.
Tim has performed many roles across the UK, including:
10 years as Chorus Master and Head of Music for Kent Opera;
Music Director, Artistic Director and now a Vice-President of British Youth Opera;
Conductor of the London Bach Society;
Music Director of The Opera Company;
Assistant Music Director and Chorus Master with the New D’Oyly Carte Opera
(after which he made company debuts for English National Opera and Scottish Opera.)
He was appointed Head of Opera at RSAMD in 1994, and since moving to Scotland has worked with the RSNO, Orchestra of Scottish Opera, English Chamber Orchestra, Paragon Ensemble and Haddo House Opera.
He was Director of the RSNO Chorus from 2006-2014, and was made a Fellow of the RSAMD in 2010.
He has recently conducted performances in collaborative projects with the Conservatoire in Rostov-on-Don in Russia, one of which received a Royal Philharmonic Society Award nomination.
In 2013 he conducted Cunning Little Vixen for the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and in 2014 was artist in residence at the Hochschule in Nuremberg.
He is Artistic Director of the Royal Conservatoire’s ‘Song Studio’, giving performances with singers all over Scotland and Director of ‘Royal Conservatoire Voices’, a new vocal ensemble created to perform early and contemporary repertoire which has broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and appeared at the Edinburgh International and St Magnus Festivals.
He continues to be active as coach, accompanist, adjudicator and conductor and is now a Professor.
Video link to Tim Dean accompanying Anush Hovhannisiyan
Video link to Tim Dean in rehearsal Stravinsky's 'Les Noces'