Jeffrey Tate

po_Tate-JeffreyJeffrey Tate (born April 28, 1943) is an English conductor.

Tate was born with spina bifida, and also has kyphosis. His family moved to Farnham, Surrey when he was young and he attended Farnham Grammar School between 1954 and 1961 gaining a State Scholarship to Cambridge University, where he directed theatre productions. Tate initially read medicine at Christ’s College, Cambridge (1961–64), specializing in eye surgery. He later worked at St Thomas’s Hospital, London, before giving up his clinical career to study music at the London Opera Centre. He became a repetiteur and a coach at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, under the tutelage of Sir Georg Solti.