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Richard Bannon

Richard Bannan began singing at an early age as a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral. More recently, he studied music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he was a Choral Scholar, and now sings regularly with ensembles such as the Monteverdi Choir, Polyphony, Gabrieli Consort and the Academy of Ancient Music, as well singing as a Lay-Clerk at St Georgeís Chapel, Windsor Castle.

As a conductor, Richard became Musical Director of Petros Singers in January 2016, succeeding Duncan Aspden. His work with Yateley Choral Society has included performances of the Bach and Chilcott St John Passions, the Rutter and Durufle Requiems, mass settings by Haydn, Rossini and Jenkins, as well as shorter works by a variety of composers, including the world premier of Graham Rossí An Imperial Elegy which was written especially for the society. He has also directed projects with the Gabrieli Consort, including performances of Handelís Coronation Anthems at Hampton Court Palace, and a madrigal recital at the Dartington International Summer School.

Richardís solo repertoire includes the Mozart, Verdi, Brahms, Faurť and Duruflť Requiems, the Bach Passions, Handelís Messiah, and Vaughan Williamsí Five Mystical Songs in addition to mass settings by Mozart, Haydn, Rossini and Puccini. On stage he has sung the roles of ∆neas in Purcellís Dido and ∆neas, and the title role in Monteverdiís Orfeo. Meanwhile, he has performed, broadcast and recorded much early music with the single voice ensembles Gallicantus (Lassusí Lagrime de San Pietro) and Tenebrae Consort (Tallisí Lamentations).

Future plans feature Bach Lenten Cantatas with the Academy of Ancient Music, the Stainer Crucificion, the world premiere of Ian Assersohnís major new oratorio Dies Irae, and attempting to keep his two daughters' feet on the ground as they grow up living in a castle!



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