Richard Robbins is one of London’s busiest and in demand tenors, as a soloist and a choral singer. 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.’ He is currently preparing for solo performances of Blow’s Venus and Adonis as a young artist for Brighton Early Music Festival and Mozart’s C Minor Mass with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In November, he sung 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.
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.
Last summer, Richard spearheaded the campaign to Save the National Musicians’ Church from shutting its doors to musicians, gathering much press and social media attention. Consequently, he has helped create a new hub for church-based rehearsal venues.
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.