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Robin Doveton (Tenor)

Born: England

The English tenor, Robin Doveton, began his musical education when he was thirteen at Tonbridge School, where he learned the piano, violin and singing. In 1964 he won a choral scholarship to King’s College Cambridge, where he studied under the guidance of such well-known figures as Sir David Willcocks, and took a degree in Music, specializing in Composition under Alan Ridout.

Upon leaving University in 1968 Robin Doveton sang in several professional vocal ensembles and became a founder member of The Scholars. Robin has always spent high proportion of his space-time rehearsing new music for the group. He also finds time to compose and arranges much of the lighter side of The Scholars’ repertoire. Robin's folksong arrangements are an indispensable part of The Scholars' concert and recorded repertoire, and his compositions are sung by them and by English Cathedral choirs. He has helped build up The Scholars' broad and stimulating repertoire, setting standard works in the context of lesser-known works and genres (e.g. English Classical Glees).

In addition Robin Doveton is active as a soloist in oratorio and has made a record of English folk songs. He established Doveton Music in 1998 to publish his folksong and carol arrangements and editions of other pieces which have stimulated his enthusiasm. He can be heard as tenor soloist on The Scholars Baroque Ensemble's Naxos recordings in Arias by Monteverdi, Purcell and George Frideric Handel, and as Evangelist in J.S. Bach's St John Passion (BWV 245). He lives in Frankfurt, Germany. In 1993 he founded the chamber choir Vocalis, Frankfurt, which has been described by the press as a "Paragon of the highest Choral Art".

Source: Booklet ‘The Scholars – Masters of the Vocal Quartet’ (1982-1983); The Scholars Website
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Aryeh Oron (August 2001)

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