Old Farnhamians’ Association
Jeffrey Tate (1954 – 1961) is one
In 1970 Jeffrey forsook medicine
and joined the music staff at
His reputation spread rapidly
when, in 1979, James Levine was unable to fill an engagement due to illness
and Jeffrey was asked, at 3 hours notice, to conduct the opera “Lulu” at the
Today, he is chief conductor of the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and has held positions with the English Chamber Orchestra (principal conductor, 1985-2000), In recent years, he has conducted the RAI Orchestra in productions of Haydn's Creation (January 2000), Shumann's Goethe's Faust Scenes (January 2001), Wagner's Die Meister Singers von Nürnberg (April 2002), and Bach's B minor Mass (February 2003).
Other posts held include Minnesota
Orchestra (principal conductor, Sommerfest, 1996-2000), Rotterdam
Philharmonic (music director, 1990-93), Orchestre National de France
(principal guest conductor, 1991-1998) and the
Jeffrey Tate has been awarded the
CBE and in
He regularly conducts the world’s leading opera companies, with his interpretations of Mozart, Strauss, and Wagner, and the French repertoire, being particularly acclaimed.
A prolific recording artist, Jeffrey has recorded with the English Chamber Orchestra the complete symphonies of Mozart for EMI, and his cycle of Mozart Piano Concerti with Mitsuko Uchida are among the best-known and appreciated versions.
In 1961, Alan Fluck organised the
first Farnham Festival and Jeffrey took part in the concert presented by
Article updated January, 2017
This special page started with four living old boys.
With the death of Jeffrey on 2nd June 2017 we have lost
our last one of the original four.
God Bless You Jeffrey!