Tim Mead was born in Chelmsford, Essex and began singing as a treble in the choir of Chelmsford Cathedral. He was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School (Chelmsford) and the Junior Department of Trinity College of Music where he studied cello and piano. He was an undergraduate at King’s College, Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar studying musicology. After graduating, he won a number of scholarships for post-graduate studies at the Royal College of Music where he studied with Robin Blaze. Mead has performed with many leading interpreters including conductors Howard Arman, Ivor Bolton, William Christie, Stephen Cleobury, Marcus Creed, Laurence Cummings, Christian Curnyn,Alan Curtis, Ottavio Dantone, Paul Goodwin, Emmanuelle Haïm, Thomas Hengelbrock, Vladimir Jurowski, Raymond Leppard, Nicholas Kraemer, Alessandro de Marchi, Nicholas McGegan,James O’Donnell, Antonio Pappano, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Andreas Spering, Masaaki Suzuki and Jos van Veldhoven. He has collaborated with opera directors including David Alden, Robert Carsen, Doris Dörrie, Stephen Langridge, David McVicar, Ole Anders Tandberg, and Chen Shi-Zheng. He has appeared with ensembles including Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Academy of Ancient Music, Les Arts Florissants, Le Concert d’Astrée, Concerto Köln, Akademie für Alte Musik, Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble, Accademia Bizantina, Bach Collegium Japan, De Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam. and regularly performs with the RIAS Kammerchor. Mead is a founding member of The Prince Consort. The consort have recorded works by Ned Rorem, Brahms and Stephen Hough.