orn in England, Jeremy de Satgé has sung in Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedral and church choirs since childhood.
His professional life started, however, as a wine merchant.
At the age of 24 he decided to concentrate his efforts on music full time and enrolled at Trinity College of Music, London, where for four years he studied singing with Elizabeth Hawes.
During his time at Trinity, Jeremy specialized in Lieder and French Song.
He has given numerous song recitals including performances of Schumann's Dichterliebe.
He also studied French song in Paris with Mme. Suzie Cherau.
He left Trinity in 1987 with the prestigious Fellowship Diploma (FTCL) in singing performance, the college's highest accolade.
Since leaving Trinity, Jeremy de Satgé has divided his time among singing, acting, writing (both prose and music) and teaching voice.
In 1990/91 he sang as principal bass lay clerk in Worcester Cathedral Choir, under Dr. Donald Hunt.
In 1992 he founded Cantamus, a professional vocal group which often provides music for weddings.
For a number of years he acted as Music Director for The Catholic Stage Guild in London.
From 1993 to 2002, he sang in the choir of the Guards' Chapel, one of London's finest professional choirs.
He writes regularly for the Catholic press in England.
It was in putting on several concerts for the Covent Garden Festival, that Jeremy first worked with the composer David Hoyland; and the idea soon developed of joining forces in not only performing new works of music but in publishing them as well.
Thus in 1996 they founded The Music Makers, a specialist liturgical music publisher in London.
The aims of The Music Makers are remarkably similar to those of CanticaNOVA Publications – a desire to produce good quality music for the post-Vatican II liturgy and to help and encourage priests, choirs and congregations to sing better.
He produced multiple CDs to encourage the performance of plainsong and to help priests and deacons sing the Mass.
CanticaNOVA sells all these in the USA [see Chant CDs].
Jeremy de Satgé described himself as a singer by training and a composer by instinct.
As a composer he specialized in vocal liturgical music and was particularly concerned with writing music from the singers' point of view – something many composers forget about – and to produce quality music which is nevertheless not beyond the scope of the amateur church choir.
A reviewer wrote of one of his vocal compositions, "Jeremy de Satgé's obvious understanding of the human voice shines through here.
The voice is allowed to soar and has a freedom akin to plainsong.
This is a deeply spiritual work and worthy of inclusion in church and cathedral repertoire."
In 2002, Jeremy de Satgé was appointed Director of Music in a busy London parish, Holy Ghost (Balham), where he trained an amateur choir.
This experience was invaluable in helping him find and produce music for the average choir.
Jeremy brought a tremendous skill and dedication to the goal of beautiful and faithful Catholic music.
He passed on to his eternal reward on 27 February 2014.
CanticaNOVA Publications is pleased to offer this work of Jeremy de Satgé in our catalog:
Jeremy de Satgé's website may be found at:
The Music Makers