PATRICK LARLEY

Tenor
Keyboard
Conductor

Singer
Patrick studied singing at the RNCM with Patrick Mcguigan, and later with Alexander Young and Nicholas Powell. After leaving college he embarked on a professional career centred around cathedral music holding posts of Vicar Choral in Wells Cathedral Choir, Sub-Organist at St. Asaph Cathedral , Master of Choristers and Director of Music at St. James’ Choir School. Great Grimsby and Director of Music at Ellesmere College, Shropshire. He was also a regular member of the BBC Northern Singers (later The Britten Singers) His light, yet agile voice is ideally suited to works of the Baroque and Classical periods and especially so in the role of Evangelist in the ‘four’ Bach Passions, though his superb musicianship and a natural feel for dissonance makes him equally at home with the contemporary repertoire. He has performed Britten’s St. Nicolas, Serenade for Tenor Horn and Strings, A Company of Heaven and Winter Words; and Finzi’s Dies Natalies. Patrick recently sang Evangelist in the UK premiere (outside London) of Ton Koopman’s reconstruction of Bach’s ‘lost’ St. Mark Passion.

Keyboard player
Patrick is a versatile pianist, organist and harpsichordist. Again, he is drawn towards the music of Bach and Handel and the 18th Century English School. Improvisation is a important feature of his keyboard playing and no recital is complete without such an ‘instant’ composition. A Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, he has given recitals in many of the cathedrals and churches throughout the UK and in France, Belgium and Northern  Italy.  Patrick is also available for accompaniment in chamber music or large scale choral works and for continuo work.

Conductor
Patrick is Musical Director of two flourishing Choral Societies at Ludlow in Shropshire and Nantwich in Cheshire. He is also founder and director of a professional  vocal ensemble,  Chudleigh’s Company, (8/10 singers and a reader) The Consort, an instrumental ensemble; and founder of a children’s choir, The Ludlow Young Voices. He has conducted some of the leading orchestras in the North West including The Halle, The Manchester Camerata and The Northern Chamber Orchestra and as a Baroque specialist he has worked with a number of period instrument orchestras including The Orchestra of the Golden Age, The English Haydn Orchestra and His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts, often directing performances from the harpsichord or chamber organ.

Composer
As a composer, Patrick writes music which encompasses all genres and styles from simple songs for children’s choirs to full orchestral and choral scores. A number of his choral works have been recorded on CD, broadcast on Radio 3 and performed widely in the UK and in America. His Mass of a Thousand Ages (70mins) was commissioned for the millennium celebrations, and on July 9th 2003 his  joyful anthem for young voices and orchestra, commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Coronation, received its first performance in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. He has recently completed Columcille, a meditation on the life of St. Columba - commissioned by Opus Anglicanum for a premiere in Glasgow Cathedral on May 30th 2004.

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