Born in Alberta and raised on Vancouver Island, Kathryn has travelled from coast to coast in the back of a Ford van, has rattled between Vancouver and Toronto four times in a Via Rail sleeper car, and once lost $50 in 15 minutes in Diamond Tooth Gertie’s in Dawson City. She hopes one day to set foot in the Arctic and in Newfoundland – the two parts of Canada that she has never seen.
“His star is rising as fast as the speed of sound…Daniel Taylor, a new conductor on the scene breathing new life into magnificent yet neglected choral masterpieces.” Globe and Mail
“The superstar countertenor of our time and Canada’s most prolific classical recording artist” CBC Radio
A singer, choral director, and musicologist based in British Columbia, Kathryn Whitney is Artistic Director of SING THE NORTH, the One World Baroque Virtual Orchestra & Chorus (with Daniel Taylor) and the Pacific Song Collective. She is a member of the voice faculty at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, where she is Artistic Director of the Summer Baroque Choral Academy, the Summer Baroque Soloists Program, and the Summer Choral Program (with Brian Wismath), and where she runs the Solfa Chamber Choir Workshops and the annual Art Song Project.
A clinician for the BC Choral Federation, Kathryn has travelled throughout the province, giving workshops on vocal technique, choral skills, and sight-reading to both amateur and professional choirs and small ensembles, including the Shushwap Singers, the Kelowna Community Chorus, the Prince George Cantata Singers, the Langley Community Chorus, the Newcomb Singers, the Victoria Choral Society, and Hexaphone.
Kathryn trained in Toronto, New York, and England, where she worked as a freelance soloist, chorister, and researcher for more than a decade. A passionate teacher, she has taught music history at Cambridge, the Royal Academy of Music, and Oxford, where she was a college lecturer for 12 years.
Artist in Residence at the Royal Welsh College of Music and at Wolfson College, Oxford, she has held fellowships at King’s College, London, the Institute of Musical Research, and the University of London School of Advanced Study, where she founded the SongArt Performance Research Group with Amanda Glauert & Paul Alan Barker, which she currently co-directs with Verica Grmusa.
Kathryn’s performance, touring, and commissioning projects have received support from the BC Arts Council, the Canada Council, the Arts Council of England, and the British Council, among others. She has sung recitals at the Oxford Lieder Festival, St John’s Smith Square in London, for the Regina Musical Club, at the Ralston Recital Hall in Banff, at the universities of Regina, British Columbia, Mount Allison, Bristol, Cambridge, Oxford, Bangor, York, and Victoria. Concerts include engagements with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Dame Emma Kirkby, Stephen Darlington, Steven Devine, and Christian Curnyn. A champion of new music, she has sung the premiere of more than 50 songs and song cycles, the majority written for her voice. Kathryn has a wonderful time recital touring in Canada, including with pianists Anita Comba, and Charlotte Hale with whom she showcased for both the BC Touring Council and the Organisation of Saskatchewan Arts Councils.
Based back on Vancouver Island since 2010, Kathryn’s loves include getting soaked in a sailing dinghy, smelling rain before it arrives on the prairies, playing ukulele and tin whistle, and bringing people together to sing. She is so excited at the prospect of setting out across Canada on the genre-busting SING THE NORTH X-Canada Virtual Choir Tour and hopes you will join us and raise your voice, wherever you may be.
Daniel Taylor is a Sony Classical recording artist, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Trinity Choir as well as the Choir and Orchestra of the Theatre of Early Music. One of the most sought-after countertenors in the world, he is the recipient of Grammy, Gramophone, Juno, Opus, CBC-SRC and Adisq Awards, and won the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to music.
Daniel appears on more than 120 recordings, including Bach Cantatas with the Monteverdi Choir dir. Sir John Eliot Gardiner / Deutsche Grammophone Archiv and SDG; Renaissance duets with James Bowman and Michael Chance, Ralph Fiennes and Jeremy Irons/ BIS; Handel’s Rinaldo with Cecilia Bartoli/ AAM dir. Christopher Hogwood/Decca; Ryuichi Sakamoto’s pop-opera Life/Sony; Bach Cantatas with Bach Collegium Japan/ Masaaki Suzuki/BIS; five recordings of Handel’s Messiah, including those with the Montreal Symphony/ Kent Nagano (Universal), Kammerchor Stuttgart/ Frieder Bernius (Carus), Handel & Haydn Society/ Harry Christophers (Coro), American Bach Soloists/Jeffrey Thomas (Koch) and a CD/DVD with Tafelmusik/ Ivars Taurins (Bravo Television). Daniel has recorded the CD/DVD of Bach’s B minor Mass/Ensemble Orchestral Paris/ John Nelson (EMI Virgin) and also with the Kammerchor Stuttgart/ Frieder Bernius (Carus). His recordings for Sony include The Voice of Bach and Come Again Sweet Love as well as his award-winning recordings with The Trinity Choir, Four Thousand Winter, The Tree of Life and The Path to Paradise.
Daniel made his professional operatic debuts at the Glyndebourne Festival and the New York Metropolitan Opera, and has performed with leading opera houses and orchestras around the world. With the Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner, he appeared on the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage joining in concerts and recordings all over the world. With the English Baroque Soloists/Gardiner, he appeared in Handel’s Israel in Egypt at the BBC Proms, returning with the Bethlehem Bach Choir and with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. His long association with the Director Jonathan Miller included Handel’s Rodelinda (EMI Virgin) and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Daniel appears on Cirque de Soleil soundtracks TORUK – The Story of Avatar (title role of the Avatar) and TOTEM for Universal. Engagements also include Gluck’s Orfeo and Handel’s Rinaldo at the Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, the World Premiere of Robert Lepage’s production of Ades’ The Tempest and recitals at Lincoln Centre, Barcelona’s Palau de la Musica, Wigmore Hall, and the Forbidden City Concert Hall Beijing.
Daniel is a Visiting Faculty Member of the Siena Liberal Arts University (Italy), Victoria Conservatory of Music in British Columbia, Casalmaggiore (Italy), the Académie Fourvière Lyon (France) and Amalfi Opera (Italy). Daniel has sung for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and live on television and radio at the induction ceremony of the Governor General of Canada at the request of the Prime Minister.
Daniel Taylor is Professor of Voice, Early Music and Opera and Head of the Historical Performance Area at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.