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Education

  • I received a First Class Honours Bachelor of Music degree from Royal Holloway College, University of London in June 2005.
  • In October 2006, I began doctoral research in Musicology at The Queen's College, University of Oxford. This research is currently suspended following a decision to pursue full-time professional singing.

Academic scholarships and awards:

  • October 2006: I received a Clarendon Award, granted by the University of Oxford, covering full international tuition and college fees, valued at approximately £40 000.
  • September 2001: I was awarded the President's Entrance National Scholarship as I entered university in Canada (The University of Western Ontario) in 2001, the top undergraduate scholarship offered by the university, valued at approximately $30 000.

Liturgical Employment

I have held the following posts:

  • Bass in the London Oratory Senior Choir, London, January 2012 - present
  • Bass Lay Clerk, Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, September 2007 - April 2011
  • Bass Lay Clerk, Gloucester Cathedral, September 2006 - August 2007
  • Bass Choral Scholar, Wells Cathedral, September 2005 - August 2006

I deputise regularly in the main cathedrals and many major churches in London and around the South East. These include:

  • St. Paul's Cathedral
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Westminster Cathedral
  • St. George's Chapel Windsor Castle
  • Winchester Cathedral
  • Guildford Cathedral
  • Southwark Cathedral
  • All Saints Margaret Street
  • St. Bartholomew the Great
  • St. Margaret's Westminster
  • The Guard's Chapel
  • Royal Hospital Chelsea
  • and many others.

Solo Repertoire

Oratorio

Bach Handel Purcell Other

Song

Dowland Schubert Fauré Duparc Other

Conducting, Tutoring, and Workshops

  • Since September 2014, I have been Musical Director of The Lacock Scholars, a newly formed London-based group of young singers drawn together through Lacock Courses. We specialise in Renaissance polyphony and site-specific performances, incorporating seamless presentations of polyphony, plainsong, madrigals, chansons, and secular song from the 16th and 17th centuries. (www.lacockscholars.org)
  • I have given day-long workshops for the Brighton Consort, Renaissance Singers, and Friends of I Fagiolini.
  • I directed The Corsham Winter School, a Lacock Course for amateur singers from around the world specialising in Renaissance polyphonic music, which took place in December 2015.
  • Renaissance Consort Masterclass tutor in Roujan, France on a course for amateur singers organised by Francis Steele with co-tutors Robert Hollingworth and Anthony Rooley
  • Vocal Ensembles Course tutor at Dartington International Summer School with Ex Cathedra and I Fagiolini
  • Regular series of workshops with the Byfleet Singers in Box, Wiltshire so far specialising in the music of Palestrina, Victoria, Lassus, Byrd, and Tallis
  • Workshops with 'Six Vocal Ensemble' based in London, Canada, and further work as vocal producer on their second album recorded in Helsinki in July 2012
  • Workshop with 'The Island Singers' of Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
  • In September 2013 I led a workshp with The Thames Scholars, a small chamber choir specialising in Early Music at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada
  • In 2009, I founded the men's voice polyphony ensemble 'I Dedicati', made up of Lay Clerks and choral scholars at the University of Oxford as well as other professional singers from the south of England. With them I have conducted Richafort's Requiem, and music by Isaac, Brumel, Schütz, Lassus, Mundy, and more. I conducted the entirety of Byrd and Tallis' 1575 collection Cantiones Sacrae over three consecutive evenings in three different Oxford college chapels and an expanded I Dedicati performed Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 with an ensemble of sackbutts and cornets

Biography

Born in Canada, Greg Skidmore arrived in England as an undergraduate at Royal Holloway College, University of London. After graduating with First Class Honours in Music, his post-graduate Choral Scholarship at Wells Cathedral lead him to Lay Clerkships at Gloucester Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford. He now lives in London and pursues a varied career as a consort, choral, and solo oratorio singer alongside his burgeoning work as a conductor and workshop leader.

Solo engagements have included working with ballet dancer Carlos Acosta in his A Classical Farewell at the Royal Albert Hall; Stravinsky's Canticum Sacrum, Fauré's Requiem, and Handel's Messiah with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Symphony Hall, Birmingham; Handel's Messiah with the Irish Baroque Orchestra; Purcell's Ode for St Cecilia's Day and Handel's Dixit Dominus with the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment; Purcell's Fairy Queen with the Gabrieli Consort at the Spitalfields Festival in London; Bach's St. Matthew and St. John Passions, Mass in B Minor, Christmas Oratorio, and Magnificat all with Ex Cathedra as part of a long and regular association with the group; Mendelssohn's Elijah; Carl Orff's Carmina Burana; Monterverdi's 1610 Vespers at the Brighton Early Music Festival, and with I Fagiolini and the BBC Singers at the Barbican Centre's Milton Court Concert Hall; and two recent performances of Samuel Barber's magnificent song for baritone and string quartet, Dover Beach, at the Southwell Music Festival and with Ensemble Perpetuo.

His solo work has taken him to Washington National Cathedral in the United States; the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice; deSingel in Antwerp; Laeiszhalle in Hamburg; Wells, Gloucester, York, and Hereford cathedrals in the UK; and the Queen Elizabeth Hall and St. John's Smith Square in London among many others. His solo recording debut, released in 2011, was as Christus on Ex Cathedra's recording of the Lassus St. Matthew Passion. A 2016 CD release of Alec Roth's oratorio A Time to Dance features Greg performing a role written specifically for him.

Equally comfortable in choral and consort singing, he has appeared with The Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen, The Cardinall's Musick, Tenebrae, The Gabrieli Consort, Alamire, Contrapunctus, The Eric Whitacre Singers, Collegium Vocale Ghent, Cappella Amsterdam, La Grand Chapelle (Madrid), Currende and Psallentes (both based in Belgium), The National Chamber Choir of Ireland, and the Tafelmusik Baroque Chamber Choir (Toronto), among others. He can be heard on discs released by Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Harmonia Mundi USA, and others, including Alamire's recent Grammophone Early Music Award winning disc, 'The Spy's Choirbook'. A recent highlight was his participation in I Fagiolini's Betrayal, a fully staged, devised presentation of the madrigals and sacred music of Carlo Gesualdo. 2017, the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi's birth, is a busy year for I Fagiolini, and Greg looks forward to many concerts of Monteverdi's madrigals and sacred music, a new CD release, and a tour of his opera Orfeo with the group.

While at Christ Church in Oxford, he began a course of doctoral research in Musicology at the University of Oxford and started his own men's voices consort, I Dedicati. Recently he was appointed Musical Director of The Lacock Scholars and gives a regular series of concerts with them, creating site-specific evenings that weave polyphonic music with plainsong and silence. He has given workshops and masterclasses in the UK, France, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia in association with The Sixteen and I Fagiolini and on his own, specialising in various collections of Renaissance polyphonic repertoire. Last year he joined the long list of early music conductors associated with the week-long Lacock Courses. He is increasingly engaged in Canada as a guest conductor, clinician, and record producer. He has been published in Early Music and his writing has appeared in programmes and CD liner notes for The Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen, The Cardinall's Musick, The Gabrieli Consort, Tenebrae, and Ex Cathedra.

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