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Geoffrey Paterson

Conductor

  • it was Geoffrey Paterson’s handling of Britten’s score which pointed towards an accomplished conductor in the making
    Antony Lias, Opera Britannia
  • The Theseus Ensemble, conducted by the impressive Geoffrey Paterson, played with manifest stylish fluency
    Paul Driver, The Sunday Times
  • His handling of the score was remarkable... The storm interlude could hardly have been more terrifying, nor the ending more hauntingly melancholic
    Jo Kirkbride, Opera Magazine
  • Geoffrey Paterson studied at Cambridge University and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He took composition lessons with Alexander Goehr, participated in conducting masterclasses with Pierre Boulez and trained as a repetiteur at the National Opera Studio. He won First Prize at the 2009 Leeds Conductors Competition, also winning the audience prize.

    He works regularly at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where he was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, assisting conductors including Antonio Pappano, Mark Elder, Andris Nelsons and Daniele Gatti on an extensive repertoire.  Operas conducted for the ROH include Massenet’s Le Portrait de Manon (recorded for Opera Rara), Julian Grant’s Hot House, Julian Philips’ How the Whale Became and scenes from Britten’s Death in Venice.

    He made his debut at Opera North conducting La bohème and has conducted Don Giovanni and La Vie Parisienne for Iford Festival Opera.  Other recent operatic work includes George Benjamin’s Into the Little Hill (Hamburg Symphony Orchestra), Julian Philips’ Followers (Glyndebourne) and David Bruce’s The Firework-Maker’s Daughter (The Opera Group). He was invited to join the music staff of the 2013 Bayreuth Festival for Der Ring des Nibelungen and returns in 2014.

    His recent concert work includes the Manchester Camerata’s New Year’s Gala, several concerts with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and Stockhausen’s Gruppen with the London Sinfonietta, with whom he has also recorded for NMC.

    In 2014 he conducts Porgy and Bess (Royal Danish Opera), HK Gruber’s Gloria - a Pigtale (Mahogany Opera Group/Bregenz Festival) and the world première of Søren Nils Eichberg’s Glare (The Royal Opera). He makes his debut with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, records for BBC Radio 3 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and returns to the London Sinfonietta for a première by Bryn Harrison and Birtwistle’s Theseus Game. Plans for 2015 include the world première of a new Birtwistle stage work to form a double-blll with The Corridor (Aldeburgh/The Royal Opera).

    • Gruppen
      London Sinfonietta (October 2013)

      The London Sinfonietta and the Royal Academy of Music’s Manson Ensemble, with three conductors — Martyn Brabbins, Baldur Brönnimann and Geoffrey Paterson — pulled off a remarkable feat of ensemble, precision and sheer virtuoso performing skills.
      Hilary Finch, The Times ****
      Martyn Brabbins, Baldur Brönnimann and Geoffrey Paterson conducted the three groups, sending the music spinning across the hall and occasionally coalescing into intense climaxes.
      Andrew Clements, The Guardian ****
    • La Vie Parisienne
      Iford Opera (July 2013)

      Geoffrey Paterson leads a precise and spirited account of the score.
      George Hall, The Stage
    • The Firework-Maker’s Daughter
      The Opera Group / Opera North

      The ensemble play superbly for music director Geoffrey Paterson, bringing out the wit and sense of fun as well as the drama of the music.
      Ron Simpson, What’s On Stage *****
      …the conductor Geoffrey Paterson keeping this charming score buzzing along.
      Richard Morrison, The Times ****
      Bruce's vivid music, skillfully conducted by Geoffrey Paterson, mixes the colours of snake-charmer piccolo, gamelan and folk-inspired accordion to delicate effect.
      Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian
    • Death in Venice
      Jette Parker Young Artists at The Royal Opera House

      ...it was Geoffrey Paterson’s handling of Britten’s score which pointed towards an accomplished conductor in the making.
      Antony Lias, Opera Britannia
      The Death in Venice excerpt was in one word - stunning. Geoffrey Paterson conducted this extract with real style.
      MusicWeb International
    • Don Giovanni
      Opera della Luna at Iford Arts

      But Don Giovanni still went to hell, not to rehab, and while Geoffery Paterson’s conducting of the Orchestra of the Swan made sure he was ultimately despatched with fire to match the escort of red demons, it was the sensitivity and flair of Paterson’s own continuo playing in the recitatives that stood out.
      Rian Evans, Opera Magazine
    • Peter Grimes
      Cambridge

      A first-rate musician. His handling of the score was remarkable… the musicians’ response to the subtle inflections of Britten’s orchestral colour was superb. The storm interlude could hardly have been more terrifying, nor the ending more hauntingly melancholic.
      Jo Kirkbride, Opera Magazine
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