Educated in Norwich and at Birmingham University, ERIC CROSS joined the staff of Newcastle University in 1978, where, after periods as Head of Music and Dean of Arts, he is now Dean of Cultural Affairs and Professor of Music and Culture. His main research area is the Italian Baroque, with special reference to the operas of Vivaldi.
Eric has published articles and reviews in many of the leading British musicological journals, and has prepared scores of several complete Vivaldi operas for performances in New York, Denmark, Germany and Poland, and in England by the English Bach and Buxton Festivals. He has edited works for recordings by Richard Hickox, Emma Kirkby, James Bowman and Catherine Bott, and conducted the first UK performances of Arsilda, Regina di Ponto and Tamerlano as part of the Newcastle Early Music Festival, of which he is co-founder.
Eric Cross has written and presented numerous illustrated talks in the UK and abroad, and has broadcast on BBC, ITV and BBC Radio 3. He has conducted the Newcastle upon Tyne Bach Choir since 1984 in works ranging from Bach and Handel through Cherubini and Bruckner to Delius, Tippett, Britten and Maxwell Davies. As well as specialising in the performance of 18th-century choral works with period instruments, the Bach Choir promotes unjustly neglected works
from various periods, as well as commissioning new works from composers such as Wilfred Josephs and Will Todd. Recent joint concerts with Newcastle University Choir and Symphony Orchestra, together with the Bach Choir, include Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius and Verdi’s Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast in Sage Gateshead.