Major recordings have included a three–year project recording the last six volumes of keyboard works by CPE Bach, the JS Bach Motets, Haydn Seasons, a Viennese mass of 1648 plus related motets, and Festing's violin sonatas with Catherine Mackintosh. BBC 3 have broadcast many recordings of Lieder recitals (using fortepiano) with such as Emma Kirkby, Barbara Schlick, Stephen Varcoe and Mark Rowlinson, including live lunchtimes with Stephen Varcoe and Emma Kirkby with whom he also devised and performed two Invitation Concerts exploring early dialogue and ornate Lieder. In the 1997 season he was again involved in Lieder recitals with Emma Kirkby and Barbara Schlick, an Early Music University Network Tour, performances of Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin and a BBC live lunchtime with Stephen Varcoe and Winterreise with David Thomas. In the summer of 1999 he gave recitals with Emma Kirkby and programmes of Goethe settings with Christoph Prégardien, Stephen Varcoe and Lynne Dawson. He also gives regular Lieder recitals with Yvonne Seymour, Ian Partridge, Thomas Guthrie, David Thomas and Thomas Thomaschke.
He conducts the WDR choir Corona Coloniensis, a specialist early music choir, with whom he has recorded programmes of Haydn, Mozart, motets of the Bach family, motets by Sweelinck and madrigals by Peter Phillips. Subsequent recordings have included the complete Cantiones sacrae by Sweelinck and, for both WDR and BBC, 17th century motets from the German Baroque and in July 2001 a programme of a mass by Andrea Gabrieli with motets by Gabrieli and his contemporaries. Later in 2001 the group appeared at Herne Festival in Germany and recorded a programme of music inspired by by political events or making political comment with music by Byrd, Gombert, Lassus and Clemens non Papa. In March 2002 Corona Coloniensis recorded and perform in concert a programme of English 17th music by Gibbons, Jeffreys and Weelkes. There will be further performances of this programme (including York Early Music Festival) in the 2002/3 season.
Recent recordings with Yorkshire Bach Choir and Yorkshire Baroque Soloists have included Handel's Alexander's Feast, Bach's Cantatas for the Feast of St Michael, Haydn's Theresienmesse and Mozart's Requiem, all of which were recently broadcast by BBC and WDR. A recording of Mozart's Requiem for WDR has now been released commercially. With Yorkshire Bach Choir and Yorkshire Baroque Soloists he conducted and helped to devise a programme for Channel 4 about Bach's work at Leipzig. Recordings of Bach's Motets and a Festal Mass at the Imperial Court in Vienna 1648 were re-issued in 1997 on the Carlton IMP label. In 2002 Yorkshire Bach Choir and Yorkshire Baroque Soloists recorded a programme of Psalms and Motets by Victoria (edited by Peter Seymour); the CD was released in June 2002.
Other major BBC recordings have included a sequence of Charpentier psalms, Purcell's semi–opera Dioclesian, Come ye Sons of Art, Yorkshire Feast Song, Clarke's Music on the Death of Purcell, and Blow's Welcome every guest. He has also directed recordings for BBC of string suites by Muffat and Biber with YBS and BBC have recently broadcast a Schubertiad and recordings of Lieder with Barbara Schlick as well as Biber's Missa Alleluia. BBC has also broadcast several recordings of concerts with Crispian Steele-Perkins. Recent WDR recordings have included a programme of solo harpsichord by JS Bach, Duphly and Arne and Italian cantatas by Handel.
He recently appeared at various festivals in England, USA, Denmark, Germany and the Czech Republic and conducted Northern Sinfonia in programmes of Beethoven, Mozart, Handel and Bach. In USA he has conducted and played concertos with Virginia Symphony Orchestra and directed performances of Bach cantatas and played Bach harpsichord concertos in Sacramento Bach Festival. He has also been conducting and playing in Corfu and Hong Kong where he conducted Bach's Christmas Oratorio, St Matthew Passion, and a series of Bach cantatas, as well as performing solo harpsichord recitals and recording Bach's 5th Brandenburg Concerto.
In the last two seasons he has conducted Bach's Christmas Oratorio, St Matthew and St John Passions; Schütz's Christmas History; Handel's Israel in Egypt and Solomon; Monteverdi's Vespers; Haydn Creation, Mozart's C Minor Mass, Linz symphony and Exsultate jubilate (with Northern Sinfonia); and Mendelssohns' Elijah, Verdi's Quattro Pezzi Sacri, Puccini's Missa di Gloria and Elgar Dream of Gerontius (with the Orchestra of Opera North). He has also conducted, played harpsichord and gave masterclasses in Greece, Germany, the Czech Republic and in Denmark. In July 2000 he directed performances in York Early Music Festival, performing programmes of Schütz (St John Passion, Seven Last Words, Resurrection History) and some new editions of biblical narratives by Purcell and Blow. Both of these concerts were recorded by BBC. In the same month Yorkshire Baroque Soloists appeared in Ryedale Festival performing Purcell and Blow odes.
He has recently edited St Cecilia's Day Odes by Daniel Purcell (Begin and strike the harmonious lyre) and John Blow (Begin the Song) which he conducted in Autumn 1998. The Blow ode was also recorded as part of a live EBU broadcast from Köln.
In the 2001/2 season he conducted Handel Messiah, Verdi Requiem (with the Orchestra of Opera North), Haydn Stabat Mater (with Northern Sinfonia), Bach St John Passion, Haydn Nelson Mass, Mozart Requiem; programmes of North German cantatas by Tunder, Buxtehude and Bach; Spanish Renaissance music including Victoria Requiem, a Vespers sequence by Victoria and motets by Guerrero, Morales, Lobo, etc; motets and psalms by Monteverdi. He also played Handel organ concertos with European Union Chamber Orchestra and with Newcastle Baroque. Chamber music performances included Schubert's Winterreise with Stephen Varcoe, a programme of Bach sonatas for violin and harpsichord with Bradley Creswick and 17th century Italian music with Simon Jones (violin) and John Potter (tenor). In the summer of 2002 he conducted programmes of Victoria for York Early Music Festival, Haydn and Mozart for Ryedale Festival and Purcell for Festival Mitte Europa. He also toured Denmark, appeared in Greece and devised a programme about the 18th century castrato Farinelli which he performed with James Bowman.
In the 2002/3 season he conducts Stravinsky Les Noces; Vaughan Williams An Oxford Elegy; Bach Motets, Magnificat, St John Passion and cantatas; Haydn Theresienmesse; Mozart Clarinet Concerto; Handel Coronation Anthems and Concerti grossi; Purcell Fairy Queen; and Britten War Requiem. He also directs a five concert weekend celebration of early Lieder in May 2003 in which he appears with Stephen Varcoe and Thomas Guthrie. Additionally, in Autumn 2002 he appears with the Palladian Ensemble.
Peter Seymour is Chair of the editorial board of York Early Music Press.
Some of his editions due for publication in Autumn 2002 include Sweelinck
Cantiones sacrae, A Gabrieli Missa Quando lieta sperai and
Victoria Psalms and Motets.
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