Peter Seymour

Peter playing harpsichord

© M Brundsen Photography 2008

Peter Seymour studied at Huddersfield School of Music and at the University of York, including post–graduate work researching into the performance of baroque music. In July 1994 he was awarded the degree of D Mus. at the University of York for research into performing style. He is director of Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, Yorkshire Bach Choir and Corona Coloniensis and has worked and recorded in most European countries. He is also an artistic adviser to York Early Music Festival and Professor of Music and Organist at the University of York. He has recorded regularly both as conductor and keyboard player for WDR–Köln, BBC and other radio stations. As a keyboard player he appears with singers Yvonne Seymour, Stephen Varcoe, Emma Kirkby, Lynne Dawson, Mhairi Lawson, Barbara Schlick, Thomas Guthrie and Thomas Thomaschke, David Thomas, Christoph Prégardien, Ian Partridge, James Gilchrist, Roderick Williams and Matthew Brook, as well as Crispian Steele-Perkins, Lucy Russell, Simon Jones, Anthony Robson, Pamela Thorby and James Bowman.

Last season he conducted Bach B minor Mass, Christmas Oratorio and St Matthew Passion, Vivaldi Seasons, Handel Coronation Anthems, Mozart Requiem, Michael Haydn Requiem, Joseph Haydn Nelson and Harmonie masses and later this season conducts Purcell Dioclesian and Fairy Queen, Brahms Requiem and Mendelssohn Elijah. He also directs programmes of Tudor music, English 20th Century choral classics and music by Lassus, Gabrieli and Schütz.

In Summer 2009 he accompanied James Gilchrist in Schubert’s Schwanengesang and Matthew Brook in Winterreise. In June he also directed further Purcell programmes including Dido & Aeneas in Warwick and with Yvonne Seymour, Bethany Seymour, Stephen Varcoe and Crispian Steele-Perkins at the Ryedale Festival. In July’s York Early Music Festival he directed Bach St John Passion and in September a concert with Yorkshire Baroque Soloists in Köthen performing music associated with Bach’s time there and a day of three programmes of Purcell’s music at Merseburg (Germany).

Next season he conducts Messiah, St Matthew Passion, Monteverdi Vespers, Haydn Seasons, Britten War Requiem, Bach Magnificat and cantatas 110 and 191.

View more information about Peter Seymour at the University of York.