Peter Harvey - baritone Peter Harvey arrived at Magdalen College, Oxford to study French and German, and though he soon afterwards changed course to music, his love of languages has always remained at the heart of his singing.
On leaving university he went on to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, during which time he won prizes in a number of international singing competitions, including the Walther Grüner International Lieder Competition, the English Song Award, and the Peter Pears Award.
He has recorded much early Bach with the Purcell Quartet and Emma Kirkby (Chandos), and with London Baroque he recently issued a disc of Rameau's secular cantatas (BIS).
He has appeared with the Sixteen (BBC Proms, Spain, Brazil) and sings regularly with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Ivan Fischer and Gustav Leonhardt, recently performing the St John Passion in London, Seoul and Tokyo.
The Netherlands Bach Society have recorded Mozart's Requiem, Bach's Christmas Oratorio and B minor Mass with Peter (recently at the Tanglewood Festival, USA), and also given the little known St John Passion by Georg Gebel in a televised performance at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, broadcast last Easter.
Peter has made around a hundred recordings in repertoire spanning eight centuries, with an emphasis on music from the High Baroque.With the English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir, directed by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, he was a key participant in the "Bach Cantata Pilgrimage", recordings of which include the celebrated solo cantata Ich habe genug.Peter sings often with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the St.David's Hall, Cardiff (Creation, Christmas Oratorio) and sang Schubert's Mass in Eb with the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Sir Colin Davis.
More recently he has sung Bach cantatas in the Paris and Leipzig, and he sings Christus in the St John Passion this year in the BBC Proms.
A long-standing soloist with Paul Mc Creesh's Gabrieli Consort, he sings Adam in their recent recording of Haydn's Creation (winner of a 'Grammy' Award), also appearing in recordings of St Matthew Passion (Bach), Solomon (Handel) and the Monteverdi Vespers (all Deutsche Grammophon) and in concerts including the Châtelet (Paris), Lincoln Center (New York) the Barbican (London).