The English baritone, music teacher, conductor and arranger, 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.
Richard Bannan now sings regularly with ensembles such as the Monteverdi Choir (Director: John Eliot Gardiner), Polyphony (Director: Stephen Layton) and the BBC Singers in addition to working extensively as a singing teacher, arranger and serving as conductor of the Yateley Choral Society. In September 2014, he joined the Choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, as a Lay-Clerk.
Richard Bannan has sung extensively as a soloist in repertoire such as the W.A. Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Duruflé Requiems, the J.S. Bach's Passions, Camille Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, Charpentier’s Te Deum and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs. Recent solo performances have included mass settings by W.A. Mozart, Haydn, Rossini and Puccini. He has also sung George Frideric Handel’s Messiah for the Royal Hospital Concert Series and J.S. Bach's cantatas at the London Bach Festival.
Under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Richard Bannan has sung as soloist in Heinrich Schütz’ Musikalische Exequien at the Edinburgh International Festival as well as works by Robert Schumann with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. He has performed as a soloist with the Gabrieli Consort under Paul McCreesh and sung J.S. Bach and H. Schütz with David Bates and La Nuova Musica at the Aldeburgh Easter Festival and Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers with the same ensemble at the Wigmore Hall.