Tenor, teacher, co-director Ensemble Pro Victoria
Born in West Yorkshire, Toby Ward is a former chorister of Leeds Parish Church and a recent graduate of the choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Immediately prior to University, Toby sang with the choir of Gloucester Cathedral, and now enjoys a varied freelance career of solo and consort singing, based in York. With King’s College Choir, Toby performed solos live on radio and television, including the BBC2 television programme Carols from King’s, and in major concert halls across Europe. Away from King’s, Toby appeared in six operas with the Cambridge University Opera Society, most recently singing Basilio (The Marriage of Figaro). He was the recipient of a Pembroke Lieder Scheme scholarship (2015-16), learning song with the pianist Joseph Middleton and visiting teachers. He is currently taught by Andrew Kennedy. Recent solo highlights include Handel Messiah with Richmond Choral Society, Bach St John Passion in Southwark Cathedral with the Monteverdi String Band, recitals of English song in Stockholm with the Swedish pianist, Martin Arpåker and Monteverdi Scherzi Musicali/Vespers 1610 in King’s Chapel with Ensemble Pro Victoria, who he co-directs. Toby is a 2018-19 Samling Academy member, continuing his development as a singer with Caroline Dowdle (ROH), Patricia MacMahon and Samling Artist and teacher Miranda Wright. Also a teacher of choristers and choral scholars, Toby works at The Chorister School, Durham, Newcastle Cathedral, Newcastle University and Queen Margaret’s School, York. He was previously Musician in Residence at Uppingham School. Aside from music, Toby plays cricket for the Yorkshire Gentlemen and volunteers for the Woodland Trust.
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