Richard Robbins is currently studying Vocal Performance at postgraduate level at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of renowned tenor, Philip Doghan and highly respected interpreter of song, Joseph Middleton. Since graduating from Royal Holloway with First class honours, Richard is generously sponsored by The Richard Stapley Trust, The Devon Educational Trust and The Veronica Awdry Foundation.
His recent performances include Oratorio, Opera and Concert work in such venues as King’s Place, Hackney Empire and the National Portrait Gallery. He has appeared at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and Shakespeare’s Globe with The Portrait Choir, an ensemble of which Richard is a Principal Member and has worked with the Southbank Sinfonia and Academy of St. Martin-in-the Fields as part of their Fellowship programme.
In addition he sings with the renowned Guards Chapel Choir in Wellington Barracks.
Richard is also a conductor and is the MD for Egham Choral and The Vine Singers, regularly giving singing workshops for both adults and young people.
David Darby studied piano accompaniment and teaching al the Guildhall School at Music and Drama from 1971 – 1974. His teachers later included the polish Concert pianist Henryk Mierowski and Irene Kohler in London He has also participated in master-classes at Morley College London given by Gwenneth Pryor. in the mid 1970’she spent three years in Southern Africa during which time he broadcast on National Radio and Television as well as accompanying choirs and instrumentalists He has a keen Interest in teaching and chamber music and is visiting teacher at Royal Holloway College in Egham where he also acts as freelance accompanist.
David is also duo partner with the violinist Susan Early and has given several recitals throughout London and the South East for Music Clubs and Societies. He also has a very keen interest in singing and is currently repetiteur for Vox Mundi, an international ladies choir based at the American Community School in Englefield Green. In addition he has been the main accompanist for the Egham & District Choral Society for over forty years.