Tim Murray


mandela trilogy
cape town opera, uk tour 2016

"Tim Murray, associate music director of Cape Town Opera and a “newcomer” finalist in the 2015 International Opera awards, conducted. His, like so many in this versatile and thriving company, is a name to watch."
Fiona Maddocks, Observer

cape town opera 2016

"The British conductor Tim Murray (associate music director of Cape Town Opera) and the Cape Town Philharmonic gave strong and responsive support throughout."

Barry Smith, Opera Magazine

porgy and bess
Teatro Colón / cape town opera 2016

"Tim Murray’s musical direction was theatrical, full of energy and efficiency, creating an extraordinary response from the Orquesta Estable del Teatro Colón, which undoubtedly managed to understand him perfectly. A robust sound [and] a total emphasis in diversity, were the distinctive signs of an unforgettable musical version"

"La dirección musical de Tim Murray fue teatral y llena de energía y dinamismo, consiguiendo una extraordinaria respuesta de la Orquesta Estable del Teatro Colón con la que sin dudas logró entenderse a la perfección. Un sonido robusto, una acentuación de la totalidad por sobre la heterogeneidad fueron los signos distintivos de una versión musical inolvidable."

Ernesto Castagnino, Tiempo de Música

porgy and bess
Gran Teatre del Liceu / cape town opera 2014

"And all this , of course , accompanied by the extraordinary music of Gershwin, perfectly directed by Tim Murray..."
David Martrat, Exit Cultural

The Rite of Spring
Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra / CT City Ballet

"...the CTPO, under Tim Murray, deserve congratulations for their excellent performance."
Sheila Chisholm, Cape Times

Porgy and Bess
Opéra National de Bordeaux / Cape Town Opera 2014

"Tim Murray conducts a particularly in-form Orchestre National de Bordeaux. Energetic and accurate in every detail, his direction highlights the different styles that coexist in the score (jazz, blues, gospel), while bringing out the theatrical dimension of the opera."

"Tim Murray dirige un Orchestre National de Bordeaux particulièrement en forme. Energique, précis dans les moindres détails, sa direction fait ressortir les différents styles qui se côtoient dans la partition (jazz, blues, gospel) tout en mettant en relief la dimension théâtrale de l'opéra."

Sylvain Angonin, www.forumopera.com

The Importance of Being Earnest
Royal Opera House / Britten Sinfonia 2013

"Such comic moments aside, it was Tim Murray’s conducting and Britten Sinfonia’s superb playing that really stole the show. ... Murray’s leadership was flawless throughout."

"The result is an undoubted success ... crisply conducted by Tim Murray"
George Hall, The Guardian

"Britten Sinfonia, superbly conducted by Tim Murray and treated in this production to the stage presence it deserves, came close to stealing the show through the energy of its performance"
Gwen Taylor, I Care If You Listen

Street Scene
Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona 2013

"... the Liceu Orchestra did a praiseworthy job under the flexible and enthusiastic direction of Murray, in repertoire which is unusual for them."

"Aixi i tot crec que l’Orquestra del Liceu fa un treball encomiable sota la flexible i entusiasta direcció de Murray, en una musica poc habitual en ells."
Miquel Gascon, Voltarivoltar.com

Street Scene
Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris 2013

"L'Orchestre des Concerts Pasdeloup under Tim Murray's baton was simply excellent."

"L'Orchestre des Concerts Pasdeloup était mené par la baguette de Tim Murray, simplement excellent."

"Directed masterfully by Tim Murray, the score swings in an extraordinary way, often leading the audience to get up from their seats; the British conductor glorifies the multi-coloured orchestration, successfully leading the Pasdeloup Orchestra, which responds with skill."

"Dirigée de main de maître par Tim Murray, la partition swingue d'extraordinaire façon, conduisant souvent le spectateur à décoller de son siège, tandis que le chef britannique glorifie la polychromie de l’orchestration, sollicitant avec succès un Orchestre Pasdeloup qui lui répond avec adresse."
Bruno Serrou, brunoserrou.blogspot.co.uk

"Tim Murray leads the Orchestre Pasdeloup at its best without a doubt - including gloss and sparkle, and finesse in the attacks - but the dynamic range explodes where necessary, and the discrete sound of the voices integrates in a balanced way. A great success."

"Tim Murray mène l’Orchestre Pasdeloup à son meilleur sans doute: cela n’exclut pas un manque de brillant et de rutilance, comme de finesse dans les attaques ; mais la palette dynamique parvient à exploser quand il le faut, et la sonorisation discrète des voix s’y intègre de façon équilibrée. Une belle réussite."
Chantal Cazaux, asopera.fr

Twice Through the Heart / Undance
Sadlers Wells 2011

"Turnage's score [Undance] ... plays with dualisms such as to dig/to twist, to slide/to fall, with results that are engrossingly varied and surprisingly lyrical, even pretty. Tim Murray conducts with verve and precision."
Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday

The Sleeper
Welsh National Youth Opera 2011

"Deazley writes marvellously well for chorus, and the WNYO repay him with choral singing of a precision and intensity I could listen to for hours, ... the whole thing is conducted con bravura by Tim Murray."
Stephen Walsh, The Arts Desk

Fantastic Mr. Fox
Opera Holland Park 2010

"...superbly conducted by Tim Murray..."
Sam Smith, WhatsOnStage.com

"Conductor Tim Murray keeps a tidy house..."
Anna Picard, Independent on Sunday

The Enchanted Pig
The Opera Group / Royal Opera House 2009

"The Opera Group's performance couldn't be bettered. Tim Murray conducts a fine band..."
Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph

"...the music director Tim Murray works hard with the director John Fulljames and a cast of classical singers, dancers and musical-theatre thesps to keep it all going at a nail-biting pace."
Hilary Finch, The Times

Peter and the Wolf
Philharmonia 2008

"... composer Philip Feeney ... is well served by the conductor Tim Murray and soloists from the Philharmonia Orchestra."
Allen Robertson, The Times

"The Philharmonia Soloists play splendidly under the baton of Tim Murray..."
Howard Loxton, British Theatre Guide

The Silent Twins
Alemeida Opera 2007

"...vividly performed by the Almeida Ensemble under conductor Tim Murray... The opera itself is an unequivocal hit."
George Hall, Guardian

Tête à Tête 2006

"Nursed by the Genesis Opera Project, brought to vigorous life by Bill Bankes-Jones and the Tête à Tête company, Push! repairs the omission with wit and panache; tenderness too. ... Fun to play for the musicians, under the alert beat of the conductor, Tim Murray."
Geoff Brown, The Times

 "It's finely conducted by Tim Murray and brilliantly acted and sung by an ensemble cast..."
Tim Ashley, Guardian

New Professionals, 2006

"For the Kagel and Fokkens, Mackenzie was joined by conductor Tim Murray and the New Professionals Orchestra — a talented band, all in their twenties. I loved their two extracts from Kagel’s Die Stücke der Windrose (The Points of the Compass) ... It was all impeccably prepared. I’d like to hear it again."
Richard Morrison, The Times

"...ably directed by Tim Murray (who showed no signs of having stepped in at short notice)"
Richard Whitehouse, Classical Source

Tobias and the Angel
English Touring Opera / Young Vic 2004

"The instrumental playing by the nine-piece ensemble is excellent, and conductor Tim Murray's skills ensure a slick, cogent performance."
Stephen Pettitt, Evening Standard

"The score conjures surging rivers, precipitous mountains and even a moving mysticism from a nine-piece ensemble, conducted with conviction by Tim Murray."
Tom Service, Guardian

"...consistently served with crisp and sparkling accompaniment under Tim Murray's baton."
Geoff Brown, The Times

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
BBC Proms 1999

"Six conductors rejected the Study as unplayable before it received its premiere; to facilitate its performance Adès had renotated the first movement so that it could be directed relatively simply by himself and Tim Murray together, one beating in four to the other's five. Watching this intricate operation was almost as fascinating as, undeniably, was the music itself."
Erica Jeal, Guardian