Obituary: British Tenor Timothy Leigh Evans Passes Away

By Nicole Kuchta

The Boston Camerata and bass singer Joel Frederiksen have both announced the passing of tenor Timothy Leigh Evans.

According to the Boston Camerata’s and Frederiksen’s websites, the tenor began singing at the age of five as a chorister at the Ecclesfield Parish Church, and eventually earned degrees from Huddersfield School of Music, the Royal Academy, and Trinity College, London.

Evans specialized in early music, appearing in “New York’s major concert halls” and touring “the U.S., Mexico, Portugal, Hong Kong, and Holland.” He sang in Dresden, Munich, Frankfurt, and Salzburg, as well as on Broadway, as a member of the vocal quintet Hudson Shad. Over the course of his career, he also performed with esteemed groups including ARTEK, the Ensemble for Early Music, the Folger Consort, the London Voices, the Michael Brewer Singers, the NDR Choir, Pomerium, the Waverly Consort, and the Western Wind Vocal Ensemble. He was awarded the Echo-Klassik prize in 2009 and 2015.

The announcements were made via Facebook. “Grieving, we announce the death this morning, from a sudden and massive heart attack, of our dear friend and colleague, British tenor Tim Evans,” the Boston Camerata shared on Sept. 2, 2019. “Tim was a superlative musician, alert, accurate, unfailingly musical . . . [he was] a superb comic actor with impeccable timing and an inimitable, infectious zany spirit. To top it all, Tim was a loveable bloke and a great companion on tours, home concerts, and media projects – he sang with Camerata for 25 years. We are heartbroken that the new Camerata recording, only days from public release, in which he sings so beautifully, will be his last appearance with us. It will be a while before we can take the measure of this profound loss.”

“To sing with Tim was always effortless,” says Evans’ friend and colleague Joel Frederiksen. “We never had to work at it – there was a kind of magic that happened from the combination of our timbres. [. . .] Ah, Tim . . . my friend. How will I ever replace you in this life? I can’t believe it. I can’t accept it. I am so deeply sad . . . Thank you for the friendship, Tim, and the music.”

Evans is survived by his wife, Suse, and his two children Emily and Benjamin.