In his final concert of a hectic 2015/16 season, Tim performed Bach's B minor Mass with Les Arts Florissants under William Christie at the BBC Proms in London. A sold out Royal Albert Hall audience experienced this chamber-scale version that brought an intimacy to this great work in a vast auditorium. Critics have been unanimous in their praise of Tim's contribution to this performance.
"Tim Mead dominated the solo quartet with singing of exceptional emotional depth and sincerity." The Guardian
"All praise to the flautists, oboists, and string players who stepped forward one by one to accompany the arias and duets, and above all to countertenor Tim Mead, whose closing aria was exquisite."
"Tim Mead, a counter-tenor with an angelic yet mellow tone glorious to hear."
"Of the four excellent soloists, only countertenor Tim Mead really had the measure of the space, his bladed tone projecting strongly... His Agnus Dei was a still point of tremendous beauty"
The Arts Desk
"The pick of the soloists was countertenor Tim Mead, and he kept his best until last: the Agnus Dei, the penultimate passage of the work, was the highlight of the evening. It's the way Mead develops a single high note that impresses, the note starting pure and clean, then gaining a series of different colours as it progresses."
"Mead made the most of the huge space in his incisively sung contributions... in his ravishingly sung ‘Agnus Dei’ solo you suddenly got the full substance of spiritual uplift."
"Mead has a glorious voice – it manages to avoid the counter-tenor extremes of being too cutting or too blowsy – and his two solo arias, Quie sedes and Agnus Dei were a sheer delight."
"Counter-tenor Tim Mead was the stand out performer and he sang his opening duet (‘Christie eleison’) with Katherine Watson beautifully and the final ‘Agnus Dei’ with a sublime purity of tone. Mead brought a wonderful range of colour to his subsequent duet with Watson (‘Et in unum Dominum’) and the two voices vied well with each’s colour to create some lovely interweaving of the vocal lines."
Seen and Heard International
Tim's 2014 recording of the B minor Mass with Arcangelo under Jonathan Cohen is available on the Hyperion label.