About

British Baritone Damian O’Keeffe is a soloist who began his musical career as a Choral Scholar at St John’s College Cambridge under Dr George Guest.

He has sung with a range of Early Music ensembles including the Cardinall’s Musick, King’s Consort, Binchois Consort and Henry’s Eight, singing in venues across Europe and America including, Lufthansa Festival, Spitalfields Festival, The Purcell Room, BBC Proms, Cadogan Hall and the Bath Festival, Princeton and Columbia Universities, Rutgers, Amsterdam, Turin and Milan. While working with the Cardinall’s Musick, he recorded the discography of William Byrd (The Byrd Edition), as well as recordings of Cornysh and Dunstable. As a member of The King’s Consort, he has been involved in several recordings including Lo Sposalizio and Let the Bright Seraphim. With Henry’s Eight he recorded Gombert and Lassus and appeared in live Radio 3 broadcasts at Cadogan Hall and the Bath Festival. He has recently appeared with Alamire at the York Early Music Festival performing Tallis Songs of Reformation.

As a soloist Damian performs a wide repertoire from baroque to contemporary music in concert halls, recitals and cathedrals.

Notable performances across the country include, JS Bach: St John Passion (under Paul Agnew) and JS Bach: St Matthew Passion (under Nathalie Stutzmann), Elgar: The Kingdom, Orff: Carmina Burana all with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Mozart Requiem with Westminster Cathedral Choir.

Recent engagements include: Haydn: The Creation, Handel: Samson, Haydn: Nelson Mass, Dvorak: Stabat Mater, A.Scarlatti: St John Passion, Tallis: Songs of Reformation with Alamire, Brahms Requiem

Future engagements include: JS Bach: St Matthew Passion, Vaughan Williams: 5 Mystical Songs, GF Handel: Messiah

When not performing, Damian is a regular singing teacher on the Rodolfus Choral courses, leads workshops and teaches singing to pupils of all ages on a private basis successfully preparing pupils for Oxbridge choral scholarships and conservatoires alongside working with both boy and girl choristers at cathedrals across the North West of England. 

Future engagements

2024

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st January 2024 – Chorister Workshop Weekend – Damian is pleased to be leading a weekend of masterclasses and workshops at Blackburn Cathedral.

Saturday 3rd February 2024, 3pm – Choral Classics – Damian will be joining the Tallis Consort for this performance at Liverpool Parish Church, Liverpool. 

Saturday 10th February 2024, 4.30pm Mozart: Missa Brevis in D. Damian will be the bass soloist alongside Port Sunlight Choral Society at Trinity with Palm Grove Church, Wirral.

Saturday 24th February 2024, 5pm – Bach and MacMillan. Damian will be joining Leodis Consort for this performance in St Andrew’s Church, Kildwick, Yorkshire.

Wednesday 28th February 2024, 12.15pm: Recital – Gerald Finzi: Earth and Air and Rain Damian will be giving a recital at Blackburn Cathedral accompanied by John Robinson (Director of Music).

Wednesday 20th March 2024, 7.00pm: Stainer: Crucifixion. Damian will be the bass soloist alongside Holy Trinity Choir and Organist, Professor Ian Tracey at Holy Trinity Church, Southport.

Saturday 23rd March 2024, 7.30pm: Chilcott: St John Passion. Damian will be the bass soloist alongside Chester Music Society and Chester Sinfonia at Chester Cathedral, Chester.

Sunday 24th March 2024, 7.00pm: Maunder: Olivet to Calvary. Damian will be the bass soloist alongside St Anne’s Choir at St Anne’s Stanley, Liverpool.

Friday 29th March 2024, 7.30pm: Bach: Mass in B Minor. Damian will be the bass soloist alongside Leodis Consort at Skipton Town Hall, Yorkshire.

Sunday 14th April 2024, 7.00pm: Programme TBC. Damian will be performing with the St Nicholas Singers at Norton Priory, Birkenhead.

Saturday 11th May 2024. 5.00pm; Rutter: Mass of the Children. Damian will be the bass soloist alongside the Nantwich Singers at St Mary’s Church, Nantwich, Cheshire.

Saturday 18th May 2024, 7.30pm: Handel: Messiah. Damian will be the bass soloist alongside Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Choir, Liverpool Cathedral Choir and Liverpool Mozart Orchestra at Liverpool Cathedral, Liverpool.

Friday 31st May 2024, 7.30pm: Puccini: Messa di Gloria. Damian is delighted to be returning again as the bass soloist alongside the Swale Singers at the Swaledale Music Festival, Yorkshire.

Thursday 13th June 2024: Recital – programme TBC. Damian will be giving a recital at St Mary’s Church, Nantwich, Cheshire.

Saturday 15th June 2024, 3pm: A Summer Serenade incl. Faure Requiem. Damian will be joining the Tallis Consort for this performance at Liverpool Parish Church, Liverpool. 

Saturday 22nd June 2024, 7.00pm: Faure: Requiem. Damian will be the bass soloist for this performance at the Prescot Festival, Prescot, Merseyside.

Saturday 29th June 2024, 7.30pm: Beethoven: Symphony No. 9. Damian will be the bass soloist alongside Liverpool Mozart Orchestra and Liverpool Welsh Choral Union, at the Tung Auditorium, Liverpool.

Friday 5th July 2024: Recital – programme TBC. Damian will be giving a recital at Brecon Cathedral, Brecon, Wales.

Friday 19th July 2024: Recital – programme TBC. Damian will be giving a recital at Holy Trinity Church, Southport.

Thursday 15th August – 18th August 2024 – Rodolfus Foundation Choral Course. Damian is delighted to be working with the Rodolfus Foundation Choral Courses again this year as the Singing Teacher on the Liverpool Choral Course.

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October 2024 – Damian will be joining VOCE (Voices of Cambridge Ensemble) at Chester Cathedral, Chester.

Saturday 7th December 2024, 7.30pm – Schubert: Winterreise. Damian will giving a performance of Schubert: in the Lady Chapel at Liverpool Cathedral.

2025

Friday 18th April 2025, 7.30pm: JS Bach: St John Passion. Damian will be Christus in this performance alongside Leodis Consort at Skipton Town Hall, Yorkshire

Previous engagements 2023

Wednesday 8th March 2023 12.15pm: Recital – Love Through the Eyes of Time. Damian will be giving a recital at Blackburn Cathedral accompanied by John Robinson (Director of Music).

Saturday 18th March 2023, 7.30pm: J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion (Christus and arias)  Damian will be Christus and the bass soloist alongside the St Peter’s Consort and Baroque in the North at Wakefield Cathedral, West Yorkshire.

Saturday 25th March 2023, 7.30pm: B Brahms: Requiem – Damian will be the bass soloist alongside Chester Music Society and Orchestra at Chester Cathedral, Chester

Sunday 26th March 2023, 6.00pm:  Stainer: Crucifixion – Damian will be the bass soloist alongside the St Nicholas Singers Blundellsands at St Nicholas Church, Blundellsands.

Sunday 2nd April 2023, 3pm: Goodall: Eternal Light Requiem – Damian will be the bass soloist alongside Cor Cilcain and Hawarden Singers at St Margaret’s Church, Bodelwyddan (The Marble Church), North Wales

Sunday 2nd April 2023, 7.00pm: Maunder: Olivet to Calvary  – Damian will be the bass soloist alongside the joint choirs of St Anne’s Stanley, Liverpool and St Nicholas Singers Blundellsands at St Anne’s Church Stanley, Liverpool. 

Friday 7th April 2023, 7.30pm: J S Bach: St Matthew Passion –  Damian will be the bass soloist alongside Tremeirchion Bach Choir and Orchestra at St Asaph Cathedral on Good Friday evening. 

Saturday 22nd April 2023, 7.30pm: Stanford: Bible Songs and Hymns Op.113 – Damian will be the bass soloist alongside the Oriel Singers at St John’s Church, Port Sunlight, Wirral

Saturday 29th April 2023, 12.15pm: Recital – Damian will be giving a recital as part of the Eurovision Song Contest celebrations in Liverpool. This will be in the National Museums Liverpool – Museums Session at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, Wirral.

Saturday 20th May 2023, 7.30pm: Faure: Requiem – Damian will be the bass soloist alongside Chester Music Society and Orchestra at Chester Cathedral, Chester.

Thursday 1st June 2023, 7.30pm:  Richard Blackford: Mirror of PerfectionDamian will be the bass soloist alongside the Swale Singers at the Swaledale Music Festival, St Andrews Church, Aysgarth.

Saturday 3rd June 2023, 7.30pm: Haydn: Paukenmesse – Damian will be the bass soloist alongside the Festival Choir and Orchestra at the Pennine Spring Music Festival, St Thomas the Apostle, Heptonstall, West Yorkshire 

Saturday 10th June 2023, 7.30pm:  Haydn: Theresienmesse, Mozart: Requiem – Damian will be the bass soloist alongside Liverpool Welsh Choral Union and Orchestra at the Tung Auditorium, Liverpool.

Saturday 24th June 2023, 7.00pm: Pergolesi: Magnificat, Vivaldi: Magnificat, Haydn:Little Organ Mass Damian will be the bass soloist alongside the St Nicholas Singers, Blundellsands at St Nicholas Church, Blundellsands.

Wednesday 28th June 2023, 1.00pmRecital: Bridging the Atlantic – Damian will be giving a recital as as part of theWednesdays at One Series at St John’s Church, Chester. Accompanied by Martin Bussey.

Saturday 29th July 2023, 4.00pm: William Byrd 400 –  Damian will be joining the Tallis Consort for this performance celebrating Byrd 400 at Beverley Minster, Yorkshire

Saturday 5th August 2023, 7.30pm: William Byrd 400 – Damian will be joining the Tallis Consort for this performance celebrating Byrd 400 at Bolton Priory, Yorkshire.

Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th August 2023 – Damian is delighted to be working with the Rodolfus Foundation Choral Courses again this year as the Singing Teacher on the Liverpool Choral Course.

Sunday 20th August 2023, 5.00pm – O Salutaris Deo- Damian will be joining the Leodis Consort for this concert at St Andrew’s Church, Kildwick, Yorkshire.

Sunday 3rd September 2023 – Damian will be joining the The Whyte Effect to sing at Winchester Cathedral, Winchester

Saturday 30th September 2023: Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle – Damian will be the bass soloist alongside Exsultate at St John’s RC Church, Standishgate, Wigan, Lancashire.

Friday 20th October 2023,1.30pm; Recital – Female Composers – Damian will be giving a recital of compositions for the baritone voice at Liverpool Cathedral. Accompanied by Stephen Mannings.

Saturday 21st October 2023, 3.00pm: Mendelssohn and Rheinberger – Damian will be joining the Tallis Consort for their performance at Beverley Minster, Yorkshire.

Saturday 28th October 2023 7.30pm: Mendelssohn and Rheinberger – Damian will be joining the Tallis Consort for their performance at Bolton Priory, Yorkshire.

Saturday 18th November 2023, 7.00pm: Mozart: Requiem – Damian will be the bass soloist alongside Wakefield Festival Chorus at St John’s Church, Wakefield, Yorkshire.

Saturday 2nd December 2023, 7.30pm: Handel: Messiah – Damian will be the bass soloist alongside Blackburn Music Society and The Cathedra Players at Blackburn Cathedral.

Saturday 9th December 2023, 7.30pm: Of A Rose – Damian will be joining Kantos Chamber Choir for this performance at the Stoller Hall, Manchester

Previous solo and early music consort engagements 2022

(Engagements prior to 2022 can be found in the ‘previous engagements’ tab, on a separate page on this site)

Saturday 26th February 2022: Brahms: Requiem – Chester Music Society Choir Day (not a public performance). St Mary’s Creative Space, Chester

Saturday 26th March 2022, 7.30pm: Faure: Requiem, Duparc: Songs – Liverpool 64 Choir and Orchestra, Liverpool Cathedral 

Sunday 27th March 2022, 6.00pm:J. Maunder: Olivet to Calvary – St Nicholas’ Church, Blundellsands

Saturday 2nd April 2022, 7.00pm: J.S Bach: St Matthew Passion – William Byrd Singers and 18th Century Orchestra, Stoller Hall, Manchester.  

Sunday 3rd April 2022: Stainer: Crucifixion, Sheffield Cathedral, Sheffield

Sunday 10th April 2022, 7.00pm: J. Maunder: Olivet to Calvary – St Anne’s Stanley, Liverpool

Friday 15th April 2022, 7.30pm: Stainer: Crucifixion, Liverpool Parish Church, Liverpool

Wednesday 11th May 2022, 12.45pm: Recital: Bridging the Atlantic – Sheffield Cathedral, Piano – Ian Seddon

Thursday 2nd June 2022 7.30pmFinzi: In Terra Pax plus English Song pieces – Pennine Spring Music Festival, St Thomas the Apostle, Heptonstall, West Yorkshire 

Saturday 4th June 2022, 8pm: Hieronymus Praetorius: Alamire (Director: David Skinner) with His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, Regensburg Early Music Festival, Germany

Saturday 2nd July 2022, 7.30pm:  Haydn: The Creation –  Cantiones Choir with Border Orchestra – 40th Anniversary Concert, Holroyd Community Theatre, Oswestry

Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th July 2022Rodolfus Foundation Choral Course Singing Teacher

Wednesday 10th August 2022, 1pmRecital: Love Through the Eyes of Time – Wednesdays at One Series, Martin Bussey – Piano, St John’s Church, Chester

Saturday 17th September 2022, 7.30pm: Vaughan Williams: 5 Mystical Songs – Chester Cathedral, Chester

Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd October 2022 – VOCE – Exeter Cathedral

Saturday 12th November 2022, 7.30pm: Faure: Requiem, Vaughan Williams: 5 Mystical Songs – Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

Friday 25th November 2022, 1.30pm – Recital: Vaughan Williams @ 150 – Liverpool Cathedral,  Stephen Mannings – Piano

Saturday 26th November 2022, 7.30pm: Mozart: Coronation Mass, JS Bach: Wachet auf – St Peter’s Singers, Heswall

Saturday 3rd December 2022, 7.30pm: Handel: Messiah – Blackburn Music Society and The Cathedra Players – Blackburn Cathedral

Recordings

Nicolas Gombert: Eight Part Credo – Lugebat David Absalon and Other Motets

Henry’s Eight

Label: Hyperion

 

 

William Byrd: The Masses

The Cardinall’s Musick – Andrew Carwood, David Skinner

Label: Gaudeamus, ASV Digital

 

Lo Sposalizio (The Wedding of Venice to the Sea)

The King’s Consort, Robert King

Label: Hyperion

 

A Marriage of England and Burgundy

The Binchois Consort, Andrew Kirkman

Label: Hyperion

 

Schedule

Please see above for full details (in the ‘about’ section).

For full details of my recent and upcoming performances, please click into the ‘about’ section of the website.

Recent Engagements

Date: 11th December 2021, 7.30pm
Location: St Helen’s URC

Christmas Concert (St Helens Choral Society)

Date: 20th November 20201, 7.30pm
Location:
All Hallows Church, Mossley Hill, Liverpool
Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs and F Mendelssohn: Elijah excerpts (Liverpool Welsh Choral Union)

Date: 7th March 2020 7.30pm
Location: St Werburgh’s Church, Chester
Haydn: The Creation (Chester Bach Singers)

Date: 15th February 2020 
Location: King’s School, Chester
Soloist for Chester Music Society Choral Workshop 

Date: 14th December 2019 7.30pm
Location: St Helens, Lancashire
‘White Christmas’ Concert – Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Holst: Christmas Day (St Helens Choral Society)

Date: 7th December 2019 7.30pm
Location: St Paul’s Church, Colwyn Bay
Haydn: St Nicholas Mass (Colwyn Bay Choral Society)

Date: 16th November 2019 7.30pm
Location: Our Lady of Compassion Church, Formby, Merseyside
Handel: Messiah (Formby Choral Society)

Date: 9th November 2019 7.30pm
Location: Morley Central Methodist Church, Leeds
Mendelssohn: Elijah (Morley Music Society)

Date: 18th October 2019
Location: Liverpool Cathedral Lady Chapel
Recital: Love and Beauty (Accompanist – Lee Ward)

Date: 13th July 2019 7.30pm
Location: Chester Cathedral
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
Chester Cathedral Nave Choir

Date: 6th July 2019 7.30pm
Location: St Michael Le Belfrey, York
Tallis: Songs of Reformation
Alamire (Director: David Skinner)
York Early Music Festival

 

Teaching and Workshops

When not performing, Damian leads choral workshops and has a significant number of singing pupils of all ages.

He successfully prepares pupils for:

Oxbridge choral scholarships
Conservatoires
ABRSM examinations up to Diploma Level
M Mus recitals
Admission to cathedral choirs
Auditions
Solos

In addition he provides vocal tuition to boy and girl choristers and choral scholars at cathedrals across the North West of England.

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Contact

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Photography:

Tom Gradwell