A native of Ayr, Ontario and a member of a large musical family, young Timothy Lanigan is no stranger to fame. He recently completed an important role as a guest soloist in the Lord of the Rings Symphony at both Kitchener's Centre in the Square and at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto.
In his Toronto debut he was hailed by the Toronto Star critic as the "star of the show". He has consistently placed first in music festivals in Stratford, Toronto and Waterloo. Other important engagements have seen him appear as a guest soloist in "Elijah" with the KW Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra under Howard Dyck. In 1993, as a member of the Cambridge Kiwanis Boys' Choir , he toured England singing solos in five cathedrals.
At home, he is regularly in demand for concerts in various concert halls and churches. Last year he sang a full-length solo benefit concert for World Vision, raising over $3,000.
Clearly Timothy Lanigan has a professional musical career in his sights. But in his own words, "My greatest motivation comes from God. He gave me a voice, so I use it for His glory". Timothy is a grade nine student at Christ Lutheran School and studies voice and piano with Eric Dewdney of Cambridge.
Boy sopranos of concert quality are a rarity in North America. This recording will be one of only a few of its kind in the world and may just become a collector's item for those with a taste for the rare and transcendent quality of a boy's singing voice.
Timothy Lanigan Recorded in June 2005. TT 77 mins. Timothy Lanigan has a bright-toned, strong (but unforced), expressive warm lyrical voice (heard to advantage in a joyous account of Purcell's Evening Hymn). His intonation is excellent throughout; articulation and legato impeccable. As one example of his musical intelligence, note how he sings the long "wait" near the end of O rest in the Lord by making a long crescendo-diminuendo (messa di voce). At times he has a wide, slow vibrato, but it never degenerates into a wobble. (BJP)