Born and raised in Canada, Greg Skidmore came to England in 2003. After graduating from Royal Holloway College, University of London with a First in Music, Greg was a post-graduate Choral Scholar at Wells Cathedral and a Lay Clerk at Gloucester Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford. He now lives in London and is pursuing a varied career of consort, choral, and oratorio work. Recent solo engagements have included Bach’s St. Matthew and St. John Passions, Mass in B Minor, and Christmas Oratorio, all with Ex Cathedra; Stravinsky’s Canticum Sacrum with the CBSO in Symphony Hall, Birmingham; the Brahms, Faure, Mozart, and Durufle Requiems; and Monterverdi’s 1610 Vespers at the Brighton Early Music Festival. His solo work has taken him to Washington National Cathedral in the United States, the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice, Birmingham Town Hall, St. John’s Smith Square in London, and many other venues throughout the UK. Choral and consort singing is his speciality, and includes appearances with The Sixteen, I Fagiolini, Tenebrae, The Gabrieli Consort, Ex Cathedra Consort, Alamire, Oxford Camerata, The Brabant Ensemble, Collegium Vocale Ghent, Cappella Amsterdam, The National Chamber Choir of Ireland, La Grand Chapelle (Madrid), Currende (Antwerp), and the Tafelmusik Baroque Chamber Choir (Toronto), among others. Greg has also worked with the choirs of Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s, Westminster, and Winchester cathedrals, and St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. He can be heard on discs released by Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Harmonia Mundi USA, Hyperion, Linn, and many others and his solo recording debut, released in 2011, was the role of Christus on Ex Cathedra’s recording of the Lassus St. Matthew Passion. He has given workshops in the UK and France specialising in various collections of Renaissance polyphonic repertoire and started his own men’s voices consort in Oxford, I Dedicati, with whom he has explored the music of Isaac, Schütz, Byrd, Monteverdi, and many others. He is currently in the final stages of doctoral research at the University of Oxford, completing a study of the contents of the music library of King John IV of Portugal, and has been published in Early Music. For many years he has written programme notes for The Tallis Scholars, and his writing has also appeared in programmes and CD liner notes for The Sixteen, Cardinall’s Musick, Tenebrae, and Ex Cathedra.
For more information, visit www.gregskidmore.co.uk