Ian Partridge

CBE, Hon RAM, LGSM

Vocal - Lieder and English Song

Accomplished career as one of the foremost British tenors

Dedicated educator and gives specialist masterclasses in Lieder, English Song and Early Music

Ian’s wide repertoire has encompassed the music of Monteverdi, Bach and Handel, the Elizabethan lute songs, German, French and English songs and first performances of new works. He appeared regularly as soloist with major choirs and orchestras in Britain and throughout the rest of the world, and in recitals he was frequently accompanied by his sister, Jennifer Partridge.

Ian’s phenomenal list of recordings includes Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin (first choice in BBC Radio 3’s Building a Library), Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Liederkreis Opus 39, Britten’s Serenade, Vaughan Williams’s On Wenlock Edge, Warlock’s The Curlew, three discs of twentieth-century English songs, Romantic Songs for voice and guitar with Jakob Lindberg, Schubert’s Winterreise with Richard Burnett on a period piano, and, with The Sixteen Choir and Baroque Orchestra conducted by Harry Christophers, the complete set of Handel’s Chandos Anthems, Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and the part of the Evangelist in Bach’s St John Passion.

The Thames Television production of Benjamin Britten’s St Nicolas, with Ian in the title role, won the Prix Italia. He made his operatic debut at Covent Garden singing the role of Iopas in Berlioz’s Les Troyens, conducted by Sir Colin Davis and subsequently recorded by Philips. Ian also collaborated with actress Prunella Scales in over 350 performances of An Evening with Queen Victoria all over the world. He has taken masterclasses on Lieder, English Song and Early Music at venues as diverse as Aldeburgh, Vancouver, Ravinia, Trondheim, Versailles and Helsinki. He was awarded the CBE in 1992 for services to music.

Later recordings included a CD of songs by Carey Blyton, with Ian Partridge and the Britten Sinfonia, conducted by Nicholas Cleobury. A CD of songs by Arnold Bax, featuring Ian Partridge, Jean Rigby and Michael Dussek, was released on the Dutton label. Ian retired from singing at the end of 2008, but continues to teach, give masterclasses and adjudicate.

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