Amateur SATB choir based in Fleet, Hampshire
Roy Rashbrook was educated at Dauntsey’s School, going on to study Music at Goldsmith’s College and Singing under Alexander Oliver, William McAlpine and Rudolf Piernay at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.
After a brief flirtation with a career in teaching, Roy became a professional singer in 1998, joining the world famous choir of Saint Paul’s Cathedral the following year; a position which offers some precious stability in the life of a freelance musician!
In addition to the broadcasts, concerts, special events and daily services there, Roy also sings regularly with such groups as The King’s Consort and The Clerks, combining their various performing, touring and recording schedules with his work as a soloist, singing teacher and conductor.
He has conducted several choirs and ensembles, including the Goldsmiths’ Chorus, The University of London Union Chorus, The Hanover Singers and Candlelight Opera. He is currently musical director of three choirs: Hart Voices (Fleet, Hampshire), The Chantry Singers (Guildford, Surrey) and his most recent project Cantorum Nicolai, an upper voices choir.
Roy has performed as a soloist with many of Britain’s leading orchestras including the City of London Sinfonia, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the London Mozart Players. In addition to performances in all London’s best-known concert venues, his work has taken him all over the country and throughout Europe as well as to Israel and the States. He has appeared on many CD recordings, film soundtracks and radio and television broadcasts, both at home and abroad.
Recent conducting work includes performances of Ramirez's Misa Criolla, Copland's Old American Songs, Bach's Jesu Meine Freude, Britten's Ceremony of Carols, Stainer’s Crucifixion, Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices, both sets of Mozart’s Vespers, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Haydn’s Nelson Mass and the four Coronation Anthems by Handel.
Recent singing engagements include the Tenor arias in Bach’s St John Passion at St Paul’s Cathedral, Messiahs in Worcester and again at St Paul’s and performances in Durham and Cardiff of Jesu Meine Freude, sung one to a part with the Clerks, as part of The Orgelbüchlein Project (www.orgelbuechlein.co.uk).
He was language coach on a recently released CD of Mendelssohn’s version of Handel’s Israel in Egypt, which the Guardian described as being “. . . in German”, so that’s all right then.
"He who sings frightens away his ills."
Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote
MUSICAL DIRECTOR - Roy Rashbrook
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