Richard Bannan

dominicRichard 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 in addition well as serving as musical director of the Yateley Choral Society and singing as a Lay-Clerk at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

Richard has sung as a soloist in a wide repertoire such as the Mozart, Brahms, Faure and Durufle Requiems, the Bach Passions, Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs as well as mass settings by Mozart, Haydn, Rossini and Puccini. He has also sung Handel's Messiah for the Royal Hospital Concert Series and in St Mary's Cathedral, Perth, Australia and Bach cantatas at the London Bach Festival.

He has performed as soloist under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Paul McCreesh, Richard Egarr and David Bates whilst on stage he has sung the roles of Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and the title role in Monteverdi’s Orfeo. In recital he has sung cycles by Brahms, Vierne, Cornelius and Finzi as well as shorter works by Beethoven, Schumann and Debussy.

Meanwhile, he has also performed and recorded much early music with the single voice ensembles Gallicantus (Lassus’ Lagrime de San Pietro) and Tenebrae Consort (Tallis’ Lamentations).

Plans for the future include Verdi's Requiem, further recordings with Gallicantus and attempting to keep his two daughters' feet on the ground as they grow up living in a castle!