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Richard Robbins

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Classical and musical theatre Tenor and conductor of choirs, orchestras and pit bands.
Singer (tenor)
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Tenor Richard Robbins sings with ‘irresistible baritone softness’ according to Classical Source and has just been appointed a Young Artist for the City Music Foundation 2020-22. He has recently collaborated with Ante Terminum Productions to acclaim for his portrayal of the Madwoman in Britten’s Curlew River, with the Spectator describing his acting to be ‘expertly judged.’ 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. He has collaborated with well respected ensembles and sung 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. He has soloed with 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 and a concert collaboration in October with Baroque group, Ensemble Tircis, for Handel House. Beyond singing, Richard is a keen conductor, advocate of youth engagement in music and singing teaching. In this regard he conducts both Egham Choral and Bookham Choral Society, runs educational projects for Voices Foundation, Leeds Lieder and Handel House and organises and runs extracurricular music activities for the renowned music department at Farnborough Sixth Form College. He is also a teacher of singing at Wellington College.

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2 years ago, for a Concert in 56 Stockwell Park Rd
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Tenor Richard Robins began his recitative in intense fashion, singing 'Ich will bei meinem Jesu wachen' with vibrant tone and making the more elaborate passages quite thrilling. Plangent tone led to anger in his recitative in Part 2, leading to a terrific account of ' Geduld, Geduld!' with strongly characterful viola da gamba playing, and overall a great sense of drama.

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Richard Robbins' Song list

Barber – The Crucifixion/Sure on this Shining night
Bridge – O that it were so/When you are old and grey/Love went a-riding/Berceuse
Britten – Four French songs/Winter Words/Canticle 1,2,3 and 5/On this Island/Folksong arrangements (various)/ Who are these children (extracts)
Duparc – Chanson Triste, L’invitation au voyage, Sérénade and Sérénade Florentine
Dunhill: The Cloths of heaven
Denis Browne : Arabia/ To Gratiana
Chausson – Le Papillion
Finzi – A young man’s exhortation/It was a lover and his lass/Farewell to Arms
Gurney: By a Bierside, Severn Meadows, Desire in Spring, Under the greenwood tree, Sleep, and The fields are full. 7 unpublished songs
Hahn – A Chloris, L’heure exquise
Head – The Estuary, The Dove, Ships of Arcady
Ireland – The Trellis and My true love hath my heart/ The Land of Lost content
Schubert – Ganymed / Nachtstück/Die Schone Mullerin
Schumann – Myrten/Dichterlibe
Somervell – O Mistress Mine and A Shropshire lad
Strauss – Auf ein Wanderung
Wolf – Gebet, Auf ein altes Bild and Auf einer Wanderung
Quilter – Three Shakespeare Songs/Four songs of the Sea/Who is Silvia/ Drink to me/ Go Lovely Rose
Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel, Wenlock Edge/last songs
Oratorio / Cantata
Bach – St John Passion (Evangelist) Learning St Matthew Passion
Bach – Christmas Oratorio/ Funeral Music/ Bach B minor mass
Bach – Cantatas including 9/19/21/30/75/78/177/198
Bach – All the motets
Beethoven – Mass in C
Britten – St. Nicolas
Dove – For an Unknown Soldier
Finzi – Dies Natalis
Handel – Messiah (including Mozart Arrangement)/Esther/Israel in Egypt/Dixit Dominus/Judas Maccabeus/ L’Allegro/
Haydn – The Creation / Nelson Mass/ Mass in Time of War
Monteverdi – Vespers
Mozart – Mass in C minor/Coronation Mass/Requiem
Britten – Madwoman from Curlew River. Inkslinger. Extracts from Paul Bunyan.
Handel – Bajazet from Tamerlano/Grimoaldo from Rodelinda/Damon from Acis and Galatea/ Ahaseurus from Esther/ Orente from Alcina
Mozart – Basilio from The Marriage of Figaro / Il mio Tesoro from Don Giovanni/Che Belta from La Finta Giardiniera
Weir – The Vanishing Bridegroom (Middle Son)

Richard Robbins' Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£200
Up to 1 hour£350
Up to 2 hours£400
Up to 3 hours£500
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My acting and my ability to personalise each event.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

St Martin in the fields Cadogan Hall Royal Festival Hall Royal Albert Hall Wiltshire Music Centre Various venues in the Hague, Venice, Paris and Stuttgart.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Anthony Rolfe Johnson Dawn Upshaw Nigel Kennedy Julian Ovenden Benjamin Britten Peter Pears

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Probably singing the tenor solos for a performance of Mozart’s C Minor Mass with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?


How much time do you need to set up?

A couple of hours if possible to rehearse in situ but will be as flexible as possible depending on your requirements.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Yes of course but only in advance. Let me know what you’d like me to perform especially for you.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I’ll probably need to bring my pianist and duo partner with me!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes I can. There maybe a small preparation fee added, depending on what it is.
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