Richard Robbins is known for his ‘intense and thrilling’ performances of Bach. He recently won plaudits for his portrayal of the Madwoman in Britten’s Curlew River, with Classical Source describing his voice as possessing ‘irresistible baritonal softness’ and his acting to be ‘expertly judged.’
Richard is preparing for collaborations with Baroque group Ensemble Hespiri and pianists Victor Lim and Alexander Soares this summer. In the autumn, he will be returning to Handel House for concerts and taking up the position of Head of Choral Music at Shrewsbury School.
Recent concert work includes performances of Dove’s An Unknown Soldier, Haydn The Seasons, Bach’s St John Passion, St Matthew Passion and St Luke Passion and being part of the company at Opera Holland Park.
Richard has also been a Young Artist for Handel House, Leeds Lieder, Oxford Lieder, Brighton Early Music and has participated in a Fellowship with St Martin-in-the-Fields. This has led to workshops and masterclasses with artists like Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Felicity Lott, Mark Padmore CBE, John Mark Ainsley OBE, Roger Vignoles and Ann Murray.
Richard studies with Ed Lyon, having 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. Prior to this, Richard garnered First Class honours at Royal Holloway, where he was a Choral Scholar and performed solos on Hyperion discs and live BBC Radio 3 Evensongs.
Richard spearheaded the campaign to Save St Sepulchre’s, the National Musicians’ Church, from shutting its doors to musicians, gathering much press and social media attention. Consequently, he helped create a new hub for church-based rehearsal venues.