Richard Robbins graduated with First Class Honours from Royal Holloway, and for the last two years, studied Vocal Performance on the postgraduate course at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Philip Doghan and Joseph Middleton. He continues to be generously sponsored by The Richard Stapley Trust, The Devon Educational Trust and The Veronica Awdry Foundation, and won the Rhonda Jones Scholarship upon graduation from the RAM. He currently studies with Amanda Roocroft. Richard has just finished singing on the Oxford Lieder Mastercourse, with Ann Murray and Roger Vignoles, and has also been working on the inaugural Fellowship programme at St Martin in the Fields, touring Minneapolis and Washington DC with the group. During the summer, Richard covered a role and sung in the chorus with Longborough Festival Opera in performances of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde and Beethoven’s Fidelio and covered the role of Middle Son in Judith Weir’s The Vanishing Bridegroom for British Youth Opera. Richard sings every Sunday with the Guard’s Chapel Choir and regularly at other major London churches. 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.
Upcoming projects include 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 and ensemble performances, such as working with Festival Voices on an electronica infused version of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Richard has also been appointed to the talent scheme for 2017/18 with Handel House.
Richard is also a conductor - he is the MD of Egham Choral, The Vine Singers and for Music in Offices. He also organises and leads singing workshops for adults and young people. Next year he will run workshops for Leeds Lieder Music Festival and for Wokingham Choral Society. Additionally, over the summer, Richard spearheaded the campaign to Save the National Musicians’ Church from shutting its doors to musicians.