Singers » Barnaby Smith, countertenor

Barnaby co-founded and is Artistic Director of VOCES8 & VCM Choral Foundation. Barnaby’s musical career began as a treble soloist in the choir of Westminster Abbey where he sang on many important occasions including the opening night of the BBC Proms (1995) at the Royal Albert Hall. Barnaby studied in Specialist Early Music Performance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland with Andreas Scholl, Ulrich Messthaler, Gerd Turk, Anthony Rooley and Evelyn Tubb. Barnaby enjoys a varied and exciting career performing worldwide as countertenor soloist, conductor, ensemble singer, choir-trainer and workshop leader.

On the concert platform Barnaby has appeared across the World. UK highlights include performances with the Orchestra of Opera North (Vivaldi: Gloria and Bach: Christmas Oratorio) and Handel’s Israel in Egypt at the St David’s Festival. In Europe Barnaby has performed extensively with early music ensemble Les Inventions under the direction of Patrick Ayrton. He has also worked in Venice where he was the alto soloist for the St John Passion with I Virtuosi Delle Muse under the baton of Stefano Molardi.  Barnaby is also an alumnus of the Britten Pears Young Artist programme where amongst other projects he sang chorus and arias in the St Matthew Passion under the direction of Masaaki Suzuki at the Aldeburgh Festival in Snape Maltings.

Future performances include Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Purcell Coronation Anthems with Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort.