Peter Harvey arrived at Magdalen College, Oxford to study French and German, and though he soon changed to music, his love of languages has remained at the heart of his singing. He went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music, where he won several international prizes.
He has made around a hundred recordings in repertoire spanning eight centuries, with an emphasis on music from the High Baroque.
He works regularly with the English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir, Gabrieli Consort, King’s Consort, Netherlands Bach Society, Purcell Quartet and London Baroque, as well as appearing with The Sixteen, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Symphony. A fluent French speaker, he works and records with La Chapelle Royale/Collegium Vocale Ghent, Les Talens Lyriques and Le Concert Spirituel. Conductors he has worked with include Gardiner, McCreesh, Corboz, Fischer, Herreweghe, Leonhardt, Rousset, Davis, Christophers, Koopman and Haitink. Peter has sung with Tafelmusik on numerous occasions.
Peter Harvey founded and directs the Magdalena Consort, which focuses on the vocal music of J.S. Bach and they have given performances in Spain, Germany and the UK.
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Music Director of Tafelmusik (1981 to 2014), Jeanne Lamon was praised for her virtuosity and strong musical leadership.