The British countertenor Peter Crawford is a graduate of Cambridge University, where he sang with the choirs of both St John’s and Clare Colleges. Solo engagements have included performances of Vaughan Williams’s Mass in G minor as part of the Bregenz Festival, Austria, and of Mozart’s Coronation Mass for a KTV broadcast of Mass at Birnau Basilica in Germany. He has also performed the countertenor solo in The Chichester Psalms by Bernstein as part of a celebration of John Rutter’s sixtieth birthday in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge. Other rôles included the alto solos in Vivaldi’s Gloria, Swayne’s Passiontide Motets, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Vesperae Solemnes de Confessore, Carissimi’s Jephte and Canticles 2 and 4 by Britten. He recalls his collaboration with the Choir of London in December 2004 as amongst the most moving experiences of his career, highlighting in particular a performance of the Lament for Jerusalem in the Church of Notre Dame, Abu Ghosh, just outside Jerusalem. He is especially pleased to present the Islamic text in the Lament, from Rumi’s Masnavi, having studied religious texts in Arabic as part of his degree in Theology and Religious Studies.
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