Richard Robbins is one of London’s busiest and in demand tenors, as a soloist and a choral singer. He is currently preparing for solo performances of Bach’s B Minor Mass with The Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Beethoven’s Mass in C with the London Mozart Players and has just finished singing on the highly competitive Oxford Lieder Mastercourse, learning from soprano Ann Murray and accompanist Roger Vignoles. He has also been appointed to the talent scheme for 2017/18 with Handel House. Richard has also been working on the inaugural Fellowship programme at St Martin in the Fields, touring Minneapolis and Washington DC with the group. During the summer, Richard covered a role and sung in the chorus with Longborough Festival Opera in performances of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde and Beethoven’s Fidelio and covered the role of Middle Son in Judith Weir’s The Vanishing Bridegroom for British Youth Opera.
Richard sings every Sunday with the renowned Guard’s Chapel Choir at The Guard’s Chapel and regularly sings at all the main London churches. He currently studies with Amanda Roocroft and for the last two years, studied Vocal Performance on the postgraduate course at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of renowned tenor, Philip Doghan and highly respected interpreter of song, Joseph Middleton, winning the Rhonda Jones Scholarship upon graduation. Lately, he has performed with The Hanover Band, The Southbank Sinfonia and musicians from the Academy of Ancient Music and his recent performances include Oratorio, Opera and Concert work in venues such as; St. Martin-in-the-Fields; King’s Place; Hackney Empire and The National Portrait Gallery. Forthcoming ensemble performances include working with Festival Voices on an electronica infused version of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.
Richard’s conducting runs parallel to his singing career and he is the MD of Egham Choral, The Vine Singers and for Music in Offices. He also organises and leads singing workshops for adults and young people. Next year he will run workshops for Leeds Lieder Music Festival and for Wokingham Choral Society. Since graduating from Royal Holloway with First Class Honours, Richard continues to be generously sponsored by The Richard Stapley Trust, The Devon Educational Trust and The Veronica Awdry Foundation. Over the summer, Richard spearheaded the campaign to Save the National Musicians’ Church from shutting its doors to musicians, gathering much press and social media attention.
For MIO Richard conducts the Kingsley Napley choir.