British conductor Timothy Burke was a répétiteur on the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme 2006–08, during which time he was assistant conductor for Bird of Night and joined the music staff for Carmen, Orlando, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, Tosca and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Since leaving the Programme he has returned to conduct The Wind in the Willows and in the 2016/17 Season conducts Les Enfants Terribles for The Royal Ballet.
Burke was born in Kingston. He learned piano and violin from a young age and sang as a treble at Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace. He studied music at Exeter College, Oxford, where he was organ scholar, and went on to train as a répétiteur at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio before joining the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme. He was Chorus Master at Opera North 2008–13. In 2013 he became Music Director of Tête à Tête, where he has conducted numerous world premieres. Opera engagements elsewhere include Le nozze di Figaro for Welsh National Opera, Le nozze di Figaro for Scottish Opera, La fanciulla del West for Opera Holland Park, Il barbiere di Siviglia for Opera North, Die Fledermaus for Riverside Opera and People Watch for Streetwise Opera.
Burke’s concert engagements have included The Night Before Christmas and Rachmaninoff’s Vespers at the Howard Assembly Room, Leeds, St Nicolas and excerpts from Messiah and Der Ring des Nibelungen with the Orchestra of Opera North and the opening gala of the 2015 Bradfield Festival.
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