STRICT TIME is a private limited company formed by music producer Tim Oldham in January 2004 to provide the full range of services required to create professional recordings of the highest artistic and technical standards.

TIM OLDHAM is an independent producer, executive producer, editor and mastering engineer. As director of Strict Time his present clients include the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. His experience ranges from live and studio recordings with international stars such as Jose Carreras and Roberto Alagna to film music for Roman Polanski and arena concerts with Pierre Boulez.


Tim & Luis Bacalov - Monte Carlo recording sessions, July 2014

Emma Matthews, Brad Cohen and the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra

A boy soprano in St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral Choir, Edinburgh, Tim Oldham toured internationally with Scottish Opera for three years performing Benjamin Britten’s key roles of Miles in Turn of the Screw and Harry in Albert Herring. Moving to France in 1976 he studied Music and Musicology at the Sorbonne, Paris, and was hired by EMI/Pathe Marconi in 1981 as producer’s assistant and editor. Back in the UK in 1984 he gained further experience of digital editing and CD mastering at EMI Records, Abbey Road, London before joining Chandos Records in 1987 as producer and editor.

In 1992 Tim was invited to move back to Paris as producer with Erato Disques (Warner Classics). Whilst at Erato he began producing out-door and arena-type sound systems for live concerts with Sir Colin Davis, Pierre Boulez and Jose Cura, alongside supporting casts of 800 plus, at venues including the Paris Zenith and the Cité de la Musique. He also worked in close collaboration with film director Roman Polanski, producing the music for Death and the Maiden and acting as executive producer for Sumi Jo on the soundtrack of The Ninth Gate.

Tim has worked as an independent producer since 2001 and as Director of Strict Time since 2004.

Principal artists from 1992:

Susan Graham • Sumi Jo • Barbara Frittoli • Susanne Mentzer • Julia Migenes • Emma Bell • José Carreras • Roberto Alagna • Nathalie Manfrino • Amelia Faruggia

Sakari Oramo/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra • Sir Colin Davis/London Symphony Orchestra • Sir Charles Mackerras/Scottish Chamber Orchestra • Yan Pascal Tortelier/BBC Symphony Orchestra • Jose Serebrier/Royal Scottish National Orchestra • Paavo Berglund/London Philharmonic Orchestra • Vladimir Jurowski/London Philharmonic Orchestra • Yutaka Sado/Orchestre Lamoureux • Marek Janowski/Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra • Alexander Lazarev/Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra • Emmanuel Krivine/Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra

Leila Josefowicz • Vadim Repin • Daniel Hope • Christian Tetzlaff • Nikolai Lugansky • Till Fellner • Smith Quartet • Fidelio Trio • New College Choir/Edward Higginbottom

Michel Legrand • Ray Lema • Wojciech Kilar • Roman Polanski

Principal artists from 1987:

Richard Hickox • Bryden Thomson • Vernon Handley • ASMF Chamber Ensemble • Chilingirian Quartet • Lydia Mordkovitch • Nobuko Imai • Boris Berman • The Finzi Singers • Willard White • Della Jones • Linda Finnie • Malcolm Martineau • Roger Vignoles