Will Pate is a Baritone currently studying for a Masters in Vocal Performance at the Royal Academy of Music. He learns with Alex Ashworth and Joseph Middleton, and holds the Philip Hattey and Harry Fisher Memorial prizes.
Recent opera roles include Le Fauteuil and L'Arbre (L'Enfant et les Sortilèges), Count Almaviva (Marriage of Figaro) with Consortium Novum, Mr Gedge [Vicar] (Albert Herring) with St Peter's Opera Company and a Cardinal in Philip Glass's opera Galilieo Galilei.
Will's recent song recitals include a recital of French song at the Italian Cultural Institute as part of the Transforming Borders series, and he performed as part of Natasha Loges' Brahms Lecture recital at Academy. He is particularly interested in performing works by contemporary composers and in Summer 2018 performed a series of new compositions of 'Protest Songs' by Academy composers at the Waterloo Festival. Will is a member of the Royal Academy of Music's prestigious Song Circle, and was Highly Commended in the Major Can Someren-Godfrey Vocal Prize for English Song.
As a soloist he has recently sung in performances of Bach’s Matthew Passion for Trevor Pinnock, Mozart Mass in C Minor at St John's Smith Square, and Haydn’s Nelson Mass with the London Mozart Players. In May 2019 he will appear as Ormonte in Hampstead Garden Opera's production of Partenope [Handel]
Will began singing as a treble in the choir of St Peter's Church, St Albans under Nick Robinson. Later, he held a choral scholarship at Magdalen College under Dan Hyde whilst studying for a BA in French. During his Year Abroad as part of his languages degree Will studied Mélodie Française with Corinne Sertillanges in Orléans. In September 2016 he returned to Oxford for a year, singing as a Lay Clerk at Christ Church under Stephen Darlington before beginning his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in September 2017.
Please click here to download a copy of Will's CV. Will PATE CV May 2019 .
Will is extremely grateful for the generosity of several individuals and organisations which enables him to continue his studies.
He is supported by grants from The Laurin and Arthur Glaze Trust, TalentAid, The Kathleen Trust, The Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity and Mr P Giraud , among others. He is also supported by The Josephine Baker Trust in partnership with the Royal Academy of Music
Video recording from Waterloo Festival : PROTEST! concert (2018) 'Five positive reasons to vote Leave' by RAM Composer Joseph Howard
Am Sonntag Morgen - Brahms op 49 no1 - with Michelle Chow (2019)
On the idle hill of summer by George Butterworth with Michelle Chow (2019)
Love Bade me Welcome by Ralph Vaughan Williams, features Sam Mitchell on piano and was recorded in 2017.
The final extract is from a live recording of Will's performance as the Count in The Marriage of Figaro made in early 2017, with the Consortium Novum ensemble and Elspeth Pigott as Susanna.