"The Theseus Ensemble, conducted by the impressive Geoffrey Paterson, played with manifest stylish fluency."
The Sunday Times
"With conductor Geoffrey Paterson keeping this charming score buzzing along, two hours pass joyously."
The Firework-Maker's Daughter
The Opera Group/Opera North
"The London Sinfonietta and the Manson Ensemble, with three conductors - Martyn Brabbins, Baldur Brönnimann and Geoffrey Paterson - pulled off a remarkable feat of ensemble, precision and sheer virtuoso performing skills."
Royal Festival Hall
"While Geoffrey Paterson's conducting made sure Giovanni was despatched with fire, it was the sensitivity and flair of Paterson's own continuo playing that stood out."
"The Death in Venice excerpt was in one word - stunning. Geoffrey Paterson conducted this extract with real style."
Jette Parker Summer Performance
The Royal Opera, Covent Garden
"Particularly commendable for general professionalism and panache was Geoffrey Paterson. He is definitely someone to watch."
Britten-Pears Contemporary Ensemble
"A first-rate musician. His handling of the score was remarkable."
"He allowed the music to speak for itself, the Orchestra of Opera North responding with unqualified enthusiasm."
Ninth Leeds Conductors Competition
News and forthcoming engagements:
February-April 2014: assists Michael Boder at the Royal Danish Opera, Copenhagen on Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, conducting 5 performances
April-August 2014: conducts HK Gruber's Gloria von Jaxtberg for Mahogany Opera Group on tour, including performances at the Royal Opera House and Bregenz Festival
June 2014: conducts world première of Bryn Harrison's Passing Light with the London Sinfonietta at Spitalfields Music Summer Festival
June-July 2014: returns to the Bayreuth Festival to work as repetiteur and musical assistant on Der Ring des Nibelungen, conducted by Kirill Petrenko
December 2014: conducts Birtwistle's Theseus Game with David Atherton and the London Sinfonietta at the Queen Elizabeth Hall
Past engagements and news
music staff for Glyndebourne's Billy Budd on tour to New York, conducted by Mark Elder
assists Lionel Friend on Penderecki's The Devils of Loudun at the Royal Danish Opera, Copenhagen - Geoffrey's debut opera CD recording released by Opera Rara: Massenet's Le Portrait de Manon - conducts world premiere tour of new opera The Firework Maker's Daughter by David Bruce for The Opera Group, ROH2 and Opera North - works at the Bayreuther Festspiele as repetiteur and musical assistant for new production of Der Ring des Nibelungen, conducted by Kirill Petrenko - conducts Offenbach's La Vie Parisienne for Opera Della Luna at Iford Opera Festival - works alongside George Benjamin as guest conductor with the London Sinfonietta Academy - assists Lionel Friend on Penderecki's The Devils of Loudun at the Polish National Opera, Warsaw - records Ben Foskett's Hornet II with the London Sinfonietta - conducts Stockhausen's Gruppen with Martyn Brabbins, Baldur Brönnimann and the London Sinfonietta at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Southbank Centre's The Rest is Noise festival - chief repetiteur and on-stage pianist for Wozzeck at ROH, conducted by Mark Elder - conducts New Bristol Sinfonia in programme of Wagner and Elgar - conductor and musical director for the world première performances of Julian Philips' opera How the Whale Became at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden
assists Antonio Pappano on Le Nozze di Figaro at ROH - conducts Theseus Ensemble in programme of Goehr and Carter in Linbury Studio Theatre - chief repetiteur for Falstaff at ROH, conducted by Daniele Gatti - music staff for Salome at ROH, conducted by Andris Nelsons - conducts programme of Berio, Bach and de Falla with Hamburger Symphoniker - conducts Kew Sinfonia in programme of Cherubini, Hummel and Schubert - assists Barry Wordsworth on Royal Ballet triple bill, including Les Noces - conducts world premiere of new opera Hot House by Julian Grant on ROH main stage - rehearsal conductor for Delius' Sea Drift with BBC Symphony Orchestra for First Night of the Proms - repetiteur for Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung at ROH, conducted by Antonio Pappano - conducts Hamburger Symphoniker in three concerts, works by De Falla, Wagner, Stravinsky, Gubaidulina and Berio - conducts members of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in concert of works by Kurt Atterberg and Konstantin Boyarsky - conducts Oxford University Orchestra in programme of Wagner and Prokofiev
conducts Manchester Camerata New Year's concert at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, with two further performances - assists Rory Macdonald on Il Barbiere di Siviglia at ROH - conducts Theseus Ensemble in programme of Benjamin and Boulez in the Linbury Studio Theatre at ROH - makes German debut conducting Hamburger Symphoniker in two performances of George Benjamin's Into the Little Hill - rehearsal conductor for Boulez Pli selon Pli with MusikFabrik in Cologne - assists Antonio Pappano on Macbeth at ROH - conducts off-stage music for Tosca at ROH - makes main house debut at ROH, conducting the Orchestra of the Royal Opera and singers from the JPYAP in scenes from Death in Venice - makes Iford Opera Festival debut as conductor for Don Giovanni - makes Glyndebourne debut as Musical Director for world première of Followers by Julian Philips - rehearsal conductor for Boulez ...explosante-fixe... with London Sinfonietta - assists Jan Latham-Koenig on La Traviata at ROH - conducts Oxford Sinfonia in programme of Grieg, Sibelius and Nielsen - conducts JPYAP singers and Southbank Sinfonia in staged performances of Massenet's Le Portrait de Manon in Linbury Studio Theatre at ROH - conducts Oxford University Orchestra in programme of Stravinsky and Mahler - chief repetiteur for Die Meistersinger at ROH, conducted by Antonio Pappano
conducts performances of La Bohème for Opera North - joins Glyndebourne Festival music staff for Billy Budd, Così fan tutte, Macbeth and The Rake's Progress - conducts Theseus Ensemble in programme of Ligeti and Boulez - conducts off-stage music for Simon Boccanegra at ROH - joins The Royal Opera as Conductor on the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme - conducts off-stage music for Rigoletto at ROH - conducts Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra in programme of Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and Nielsen - assists Antonio Pappano on Les Pêcheurs de Perles at ROH - joins music staff of The Opera Group for George Benjamin's Into the Little Hill - conducts Theseus Ensemble in programme of Elias and Birtwistle - conducts off-stage music for Tannhäuser at ROH