Messiah success on both sides of the Atlantic

In the run-up to Christmas, Tim enjoyed success performing Handel's Messiah on both sides of the Atlantic. On 15th December Tim made a return to the New York Philharmonic, following his successful debut in the same work in the 2012/13 season. Performing under British conductor Jane Glover for the first time, Tim's performance was noted for being "alluring" and "consistently excellent" (New York Times), with his voice "nimble" and "positively beaming" (New York Classical Review).

Following 5 performances in New York, Tim joined up with the Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh in Spain for 3 further performances in Zaragoza, San Sebastian and Pamplona where he continued to receive acclaim:

"La excepción la puso el contratenor británico Tim Mead, cuya natural coloratura y tono aterciopelado resultaron ideales en el extenso air “He was despised”, punto central de la partitura handeliana." - El Pais

"Entre estos últimos, todos ellos muy en consonancia con el estilo y las virtudes técnicas ya mostradas por coro y orquesta, destacó por su calidez la voz del contratenor Tim Mead, que nos regaló el momento excelso de la noche en la interpretación de He was dispased." - Platea Magazine

"Tim Mead, alto (contratenor): aunque hay mucha gente que prefiere mujer en este rol, Mead tiene una calidez excepcional para su cuerda. Homogéneo colorido en el recorrido del agudo al grave; grandes dotes interpretativas y de fraseo, con un fiato extensivo y volumen sobrado que es muy de agradecer. Sus agilidades son precisas, claro, pero, a la vez tupidas." - Noticias de Navarra

Tim's recording of Handel's Messiah with Emmanuelle Haim and Le Concert d'Astrée was released on the Erato label in 2014.

 Photo: Benjamin Ealovega

Photo: Benjamin Ealovega