Paul Elliott

Biography

English tenor Paul Elliott became a well-known singer in London's busy early music scene and has transferred his career to the United States.

At the traditional age of nine, he won a competitive audition for a position as chorister (boy singer) at St. Paul's Cathedral, London. In 1964, he won a scholarship as a music scholar at the King's School, Canterbury, where he studied flute, voice, and piano. His university education was at
Read more Magdalene College, Oxford, where he was a choral scholar. He graduated in 1973 with his bachelor of arts and obtained a master of arts in 1977, studying philosophy, politics, and economics.

Meanwhile, he had begun singing with the Monteverdi Choir, the Schutz Choir, Cantores in Ecclesia, the John Alldis Choir, the Baccholian Singers of London, the Deller Consort, and the Consort of Musick. In 1974, he became a founding member of the Hilliard Ensemble and became more associated with early music performance. He joined the Early Music Consort of London and the London Early Music Group, of which he was also a founding member in 1976. He also recorded and gave concerts with the Academy of Ancient Music, Pro Cantione Antiqua, Broadside Band, and the Medieval Ensemble of London. From 1972, he began taking solo parts in performances of the various ensembles with which he sang and sang extensively in oratorios and at concert engagements throughout Europe. He sang the role of Abaris in Rameau's 1978 Les Boreades in the Flanders Festival and thereafter embarked on a career singing Baroque and Classical-era operas. He made his United States solo debut singing in Handel's Messiah at the Hollywood Bowl, with Christopher Hogwood conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

He decided to resettle in the United States, and in 1984 and 1985, he was artist-in-residence at Washington University, St. Louis, MO. The next year, he served as visiting lecturer at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. In 1986, he became an associate professor of music at the Early Music Institute of Indiana University. Since 1991, he has been a full professor of music at the Early Music Institute and professor of voice.

In North America, he has performed with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra of San Francisco in music of Handel and at the Vancouver Early Music Festival. He has sung with Tafelmusik, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and various other orchestras and ensembles in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

In 1991, he joined Theatre of Voices, a vocal ensemble founded by Paul Hillier, with whom he had worked in the Hilliard Ensemble. Hillier was then located in Northern California, but in 1996 relocated himself and Theatre of Voices to Bloomington, where Hillier became director of the Early Music Institute. Since Theatre of Voices concerns itself both with early music and recent new music, Elliott became more involved with contemporary music in the last decade of the twentieth century. He appeared as a soloist in the Nonesuch Records release of Steve Reich's Proverbs and in music of John Cage, Arvo Pärt, and Renaissance composers William Byrd, Orlande de Lassus, Thomas Tallis, and Josquin Desprez. His more than 90 recordings appear on the Nonesuch, Harmonia Mundi, and ECM record labels. He makes frequent appearances at festivals and with orchestras in Europe and Britain, and teaches at master classes and workshops throughout North America. He lives in Bloomington with his wife, viola da gamba player Wendy Gillespie, and their two young sons. He is also a licensed real estate broker and bills himself as "the Singing Realtor." Read less

Biography

English tenor Paul Elliott became a well-known singer in London's busy early music scene and has transferred his career to the United States.

At the traditional age of nine, he won a competitive audition for a position as chorister (boy singer) at St. Paul's Cathedral, London. In 1964, he won a scholarship as a music scholar at the King's School, Canterbury, where he studied flute, voice, and piano. His university education was at
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King Arthur: [1.1] Overture [1.2] Air [1.3] Overture
King Arthur: Act I, sc.2: [2.1] Bass: "Woden first to thee" [2.2] Chorus: "Brave Souls" [2.3] Counter-tenor: "I call ye all"
King Arthur: Act I, sc.2: Tenor and Chorus: "Come if you dare"
King Arthur: Act II: [4.1] Philidel: "Hither this way bend" [4.2] Grimbald: "Let not a Moon-born Elf" [4.3] Philidel: "Hitheer this way" [4.4] Philidel: "Come follow me"
King Arthur: [5.1] 1 Shepherd: "How blest are Shepherds" [5.2] 2 Shepherdesses: "Shepherd, leave Decoying" [5.3] Hornpipe
King Arthur: Act III, sc.2: Prelude. Cupid: "What ho"
King Arthur, Z. 628: Act III, "What Power art thou, who from below..." ("Cold Song")
King Arthur: Act III, sc.2: [8.1] Cupid: "Tis I, that have warm'd ye" [8.2] Cupid & Genius: "Sound a Parley" [8.3] Air
King Arthur: Act IV, sc.2: 2 Syrens: "Two Daugthers"
King Arthur: Act I, sc.2 : I call ye all (contre-ténor + ch?ur)
King Arthur: Act V, sc.2: [3.1] Trompet Tune [3.2] Aeolus: "Ye Blust'ring Brethren"
King Arthur: Act V, sc.2: [4.1] Symphony [4.2] Song Tune. Nereid & Pan: "Round thy Coasts" [4.3] Alto, Tenor & Bass: "For Folded Flocks"
King Arthur: Act V, sc.2: Song Tune: "Your Hay"
King Arthur: Act V, sc.2: Venus: "Fairest Isle"
King Arthur: Act V, sc.2: [7.1] Soprano: "You say" [7.2] Bass: "This not my passion" [7.3] Bass: "But one soft Moment"
King Arthur: Act V, sc.2: [8.1] Trumpet Tune [8.2] Honour: "St. George"
King Arthur: Act V, sc.2: Chaconne
"The Masque" from TIMON OF ATHENS: [10.1] Overture [10.2] Air [10.3] Overture
"The Masque" from TIMON OF ATHENS: [11.1] Duet (Sopranos 1 & 2): "Hark" [11.2] Solo (Soprano): "Love in their little veins" [11.3] Trio (Sopranos 1 & 2, baritone): "Hence with your trifling deity"
"The Masque" from TIMON OF ATHENS: [12.1] Cupid: "Come all" [12.2] Chorus: "Who can resist" [12.2] Chorus: "Who can resist"
"The Masque" from TIMON OF ATHENS: [13.1] Solo (Soprano): "The cares of lovers" [13.2] Solo (Tenor): "Love quickly is palled" [13.3] Duet (Cupid & Bacchus), Chorus: "Come, let us agree"
Symphony
"Comfort Ye, My People - Ev'ry Valley Shall Be Exalted"
"And The Glory Of The Lord"
"Thus Saith The Lord...But Who May Abide"
"And He Shall Purify The Sons Of Levi"
"Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive...O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings"
" For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover The Earth...The People That Walked In Darkness"
"For Unto Us A Child Is Born"
Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)
"There Were Shepherds...Glory To God In The Highest"
"Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter Of Zion"
"Then Shall The Eyes Of The Blind ... He Shall Feed His Flock"
"His Yoke Is Easy"
"Behold The Lamb Of God"
"He Was Despised"
"Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs... And With His Stripes We Are Healed"
"All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray"
"All They That See Him...He Trusted In God"
"Thy Rebuke Hath Broken His Heart...Behold The Lamb Of God....He Was Cut Off"
"But Thou Didst Not Leave His Soul In Hell"
"Lift Up Your Heads"
"Unto Which Of The Angels...Let All The Angels"
"Thou Art Gone Up On High"
"The Lord Gave The Word"
"How Beautiful Are The Feet"
"Their Sound Is Gone Out"
"Why Do The Nations...Let Us Break Asunder"
"He That Dwelleth In Heaven...Thou Shalt Break Them"
Hallelujah
"I Know That My Redeemer Liveth"
"Since By Man Came Death"
"Behold, I Tell You A Mystery...The Trumpet Shall Sound"
"Then Shall Be Brought To Pass - O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?"
"But Thanks Be To God"
"If God Be For Us"
"Worthy Is The Lamb...Blessing And Honour"
Amen
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: Symphony
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: Hail! Bright Cecilia -
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: Hark! hark! each tree -
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: 'Tis Nature's voice -
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: Soul of the world!
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: Thou tun'st this world below -
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: With that sublime celestial lay
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: Voluntary in D minor Z718 - Wondrous machine! -
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: The airy violin -
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: In vain the am'rous flute
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: The fife and all the harmony of war
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: Let these amongst themselves contest
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: Hail! Bright Cecilia
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: With rapture of delight - Hail! Bright Cecilia
Allegez moy, doulce plaisant brunette (1996 Digital Remaster): I - Original six-part chanson
Allegez moy, doulce plaisant brunette (1976 Digital Remaster): II - Lute duet version (Anon early 16th Century)
Preise dein Glucke, gesegnetes Sachsen (Chorus)
Recitative: Wie konnen wir, grossmachtigster August (Tenor)
Aria: Freilich trotzt Augustus' Name (Tenor)
Recitative: Was hast dich sonst, Sarmatien, bewogen (Bass)
Aria: Rase nur, verwegner Schwarm (Bass)
Recitative: Ja, ja! Gott ist uns noch mit seiner Hulfe nah (Soprano)
Aria: Durch die von Eifer entflammeten Waffen (Soprano)
Recitative: Lass doch, o teurer Landesvater, zu (Soprano, Tenor, Bass)
Stifter der Reiche, Beherrscher der Kronen (Chorus)
Dem Gerechten muss das Licht immer wieder aufgehen (Chorus, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Recitative: Dem Freudenlicht gerechter Frommen (Bass)
Aria: Ruhmet Gottes Gut und Treu (Bass)
Recitative: Wohlan, so knupfet denn ein Band (Soprano)
Wir kommen, deine Heiligkeit (Chorus, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Chorale: Nun danket all und bringet Ehr (Chorus)
Symphony
"Comfort Ye, My People - Ev'ry Valley Shall Be Exalted"
"And The Glory Of The Lord"
"Thus Saith The Lord...But Who May Abide"
"And He Shall Purify The Sons Of Levi"
"Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive...O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings"
" For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover The Earth...The People That Walked In Darkness"
"For Unto Us A Child Is Born"
Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)
"There Were Shepherds...Glory To God In The Highest"
"Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter Of Zion"
"Then Shall The Eyes Of The Blind ... He Shall Feed His Flock"
"His Yoke Is Easy"
"Behold The Lamb Of God"
"He Was Despised"
"Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs... And With His Stripes We Are Healed"
"All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray"
"All They That See Him...He Trusted In God"
"Thy Rebuke Hath Broken His Heart...Behold The Lamb Of God....He Was Cut Off"
"But Thou Didst Not Leave His Soul In Hell"
"Lift Up Your Heads"
"Unto Which Of The Angels...Let All The Angels"
"Thou Art Gone Up On High"
"The Lord Gave The Word"
"How Beautiful Are The Feet"
"Their Sound Is Gone Out"
"Why Do The Nations...Let Us Break Asunder"
"He That Dwelleth In Heaven...Thou Shalt Break Them"
Hallelujah
"I Know That My Redeemer Liveth"
"Since By Man Came Death"
"Behold, I Tell You A Mystery...The Trumpet Shall Sound"
"Then Shall Be Brought To Pass - O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?"
"But Thanks Be To God"
"If God Be For Us"
"Worthy Is The Lamb...Blessing And Honour"
Amen
Overture
Air - Hornpipe - Air
Hornpipe - Air - Minuet
Jack thou'rt a toper
Hear us, great Rugwith
Hear, ye Gods of Britain
Sing, sing, ye Druids
Divine Andante, president of war
To arms
Britons strike home
O lead me to some peaceful gloom
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: Symphony
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: Hail! Bright Cecilia -
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: Hark! hark! each tree -
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: 'Tis Nature's voice -
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: Soul of the world!
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: Thou tun'st this world below -
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: With that sublime celestial lay
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: Voluntary in D minor Z718 - Wondrous machine! -
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: The airy violin -
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: In vain the am'rous flute
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: The fife and all the harmony of war
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: Let these amongst themselves contest
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: Hail! Bright Cecilia
Ode on St Cecilia's Day 1692 (Hail! Bright Cecilia) Z328: With rapture of delight - Hail! Bright Cecilia
We praise thee, O God
To thee all Angels cry aloud To thee Cherubin and Seraphin
The glorious company of the Apostles Thou art the King of Glory
When thou took'st upon thee / When thou hadst overcome Thou sittest at the right hand of God
We believe that thou shalt come
"Day by day" / "And we worship thy Name"
Vouchsafe, O Lord
O Lord, in thee have I trusted
O be joyful in the Lord
Serve the Lord with gladness
Be ye sure that the Lord he is God
O go your way into his gates
For the Lord is gracious
Glory be to the Father
Overture
Act I: Shake the cloud from off your brow - Banish sorrow
Act I: Ah! Belinda
Act I: Grief increases by concealing - When monarchs unite
Act I: Fear no danger to ensue
Act I: See, your Royal Guest appears - Cupid only throws
Act I: Pursue thy conquest, Love
Act I: To the hills and the vales - The Triumphing Dance
Act II: Prelude - Wayward sisters - Harm's our delight
Act II: Ruin'd ere the set of sun?
Act II: But ere we this perform
Act II: In our deep vaulted cell - Echo Dance of Furies
Act II: Ritornelle
Act II: Thanks to these lonesome vales
Act II: Oft she visits this lov'd mountain
Act II: Behold, upon my bending spear
Act II: Haste, haste to town
Act II: Stay, Prince - Jove's commands
Act II: Ritornelle
Act III: Prelude - Come away, fellow sailors
Act III: The Sailor's Dance
Act III: See the flags
Act III: Our next Motion - Destruction's our delight
Act III: The Witches' Dance
Act III: Your counsel all is urged in vain
Act III: Great minds against themselves conspire
Act III: With drooping wings ye Cupids Come
Act III, Thy hand, Belinda / When I am laid in earth (Dido)
[1.1] Overture [1.2] Air [1.3] Overture
[2.1] Bass: "Woden first to thee" [2.2] Chorus: "Brave Souls" [2.3] Counter-tenor: "I call ye all"
Tenor and Chorus: "Come if you dare"
[4.1] Philidel: "Hither this way bend" [4.2] Grimbald: "Let not a Moon-born Elf" [4.3] Philidel: "Hitheer this way" [4.4] Philidel: "Come follow me"
[5.1] 1 Shepherd: "How blest are Shepherds" [5.2] 2 Shepherdesses: "Shepherd, leave Decoying" [5.3] Hornpipe
Prelude. Cupid: "What ho"
Act III, "What Power art thou, who from below..." ("Cold Song")
[8.1] Cupid: "Tis I, that have warm'd ye" [8.2] Cupid & Genius: "Sound a Parley" [8.3] Air
2 Syrens: "Two Daugthers"
Act I, sc.2 : I call ye all (contre-ténor + ch?ur)
[3.1] Trompet Tune [3.2] Aeolus: "Ye Blust'ring Brethren"
[4.1] Symphony [4.2] Song Tune. Nereid & Pan: "Round thy Coasts" [4.3] Alto, Tenor & Bass: "For Folded Flocks"
Song Tune: "Your Hay"
Venus: "Fairest Isle"
[7.1] Soprano: "You say" [7.2] Bass: "This not my passion" [7.3] Bass: "But one soft Moment"
[8.1] Trumpet Tune [8.2] Honour: "St. George"
Chaconne
"The Masque" from TIMON OF ATHENS: [10.1] Overture [10.2] Air [10.3] Overture
"The Masque" from TIMON OF ATHENS: [11.1] Duet (Sopranos 1 & 2): "Hark" [11.2] Solo (Soprano): "Love in their little veins" [11.3] Trio (Sopranos 1 & 2, baritone): "Hence with your trifling deity"
"The Masque" from TIMON OF ATHENS: [12.1] Cupid: "Come all" [12.2] Chorus: "Who can resist" [12.2] Chorus: "Who can resist"
"The Masque" from TIMON OF ATHENS: [13.1] Solo (Soprano): "The cares of lovers" [13.2] Solo (Tenor): "Love quickly is palled" [13.3] Duet (Cupid & Bacchus), Chorus: "Come, let us agree"
Symphony
"Comfort Ye, My People - Ev'ry Valley Shall Be Exalted"
"And The Glory Of The Lord"
"Thus Saith The Lord...But Who May Abide"
"And He Shall Purify The Sons Of Levi"
"Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive...O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings"
" For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover The Earth...The People That Walked In Darkness"
"For Unto Us A Child Is Born"
Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)
"There Were Shepherds...Glory To God In The Highest"
"Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter Of Zion"
"Then Shall The Eyes Of The Blind ... He Shall Feed His Flock"
"His Yoke Is Easy"
"Behold The Lamb Of God"
"He Was Despised"
"Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs... And With His Stripes We Are Healed"
"All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray"
"All They That See Him...He Trusted In God"
"Thy Rebuke Hath Broken His Heart...Behold The Lamb Of God....He Was Cut Off"
"But Thou Didst Not Leave His Soul In Hell"
"Lift Up Your Heads"
"Unto Which Of The Angels...Let All The Angels"
"Thou Art Gone Up On High"
"The Lord Gave The Word"
"How Beautiful Are The Feet"
"Their Sound Is Gone Out"
"Why Do The Nations...Let Us Break Asunder"
"He That Dwelleth In Heaven...Thou Shalt Break Them"
Hallelujah
"I Know That My Redeemer Liveth"
"Since By Man Came Death"
"Behold, I Tell You A Mystery...The Trumpet Shall Sound"
"Then Shall Be Brought To Pass - O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?"
"But Thanks Be To God"
"If God Be For Us"
"Worthy Is The Lamb...Blessing And Honour"
Amen


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