I Fagiolini


Tim has enjoyed a long and fruitful collaboration with the vocal group I Fagiolini under its director, Robert Hollingworth, and they have performed his work at the Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square, at the Stour Early Music Festival, the York Early Music Festival, the Brighton Festival, the Cheltenham Festival of Music, the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music, the Bermuda Festival, the BBC Proms, on CD and DVD.

2023 – Goosed! – screenplay for a short film based on Il Gioco dell’Occa By Giovanni Croce

“’Goosed’ is a successful merging of old music, strong production techniques, and comic drama…There’s cleverness and humor from the outset”
Early Music America

2020 – Not In This Together – script for three short films for socially-distanced chamber musicians, with music by Claudio Monteverdi and Darius Milhaud



Cake Mix

Le Zoom

Phoney Canzoney

2018 – The Brexit Train – lyrics (based on the song The Slow Train by Flanders and Swann)

2015 – Le Molière Imaginaire (or Keep Your Enemas Closer) – lyrics for music by Andrew Schultz
“urbane, virtuosic, cultured, witty and naughty in equal measure, offering the only time in Musica Viva’s 70-year history that a performance has concluded with the words: ‘burning piss.’” Carl Vine, Musica Viva Australia Blog
Winner Australian Art Music Award for Vocal/Choral Work of the Year

2013 – Dido and Aeneas – rhymed introduction to the opera by Henry Purcell
Performed by the BBC Singers, Robert Hollingworth (conductor)

2012 – Damnalot! – lyrics for music by Roderick Williams

2011 – King Arthur – rhymed text to replace dramatic scenes in the opera by Henry Purcell
First performed by Richard Pryal at Dartington International Summer School, orchestra and singers conducted by John Hancorn
Revised rhymed text performed 2014 as part of the Spitalfields Music Festival, performed by Kit Hesketh-Harvey, broadcast on BBC Radio 3

2010 – The Spell – text inspired by Canto XVI of Torquato Tasso’s Gerusalemme Liberata for music by Orlando Gough
Commissioned and first performed by I Fagiolini at Cadogan Hall, commission sponsored by PRS for Music Foundation and the National Centre for Early Music
✭✭✭✭ “explosive… quirky and imaginative” The Times

2009 – Acis and Galatea – rhymed introductions to each scene of the opera by George Frideric Handel
The Fairy Queen – rhymed introductions to each scene of the opera by Henry Purcell
Commissioned by and first performed at the Trigonale Festival of Early Music

2004 – (Say What You Like) He Had Soul – lyrics for music by Roderick Williams for Artery production of Faust in Amsterdam

2003 – Festino nella sera del Giovedì grasso avanti cena/The Little Carnival Party – rhymed introductions to each scene of the madrigal comedy by Adriano Banchieri

2002 – L’Amfiparnaso The Twin Peaks of Parnassus – rhymed introductions to each scene of the madrigal comedy by Orazio Vecchi

Performed on DVD by Simon Callow

“A sparkling accomplishment” Fanfare
Barca di Venetia a Padova/A Boat From Venice To Padua – rhymed introductions to each scene of the madrigal comedy by Adriano Banchieri
“Witty, scurrilous introductions” Classical Net Review

2001 – La Pazzia Senile/The Mad Old Git – rhymed introductions and translated lyrics of the madrigal comedy by Adriano Banchieri (with thanks to Roger Savage), directed by Peter Wilson
“sheer bad taste and panache… Double entendres and appalling rhymes flew in this updating of a typical commedia dell’arte… Both singing and acting rose to the occasion magnificently” Daily Telegraph

2000 – O Gramo Pantalon/Poor Luckless Pantaloon – new lyrics for music by Giovanni Croce Premièred at BBC Proms, Victoria and Albert Museum
Available on CD Carnevale Veneziano
“a wonderful send-up” Daily Telegraph

1999 – Una parola nell’orecchio/A Word in Your Ear – text for music by Roderick Williams