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Thomas Hobbs (Tenor)

Born: Exeter, England

The English tenor, Thomas Hobbs, was born and brought up in Exeter and started musical life as a trumpeter. He began singing at age 16, studying with Brian Northcott and deputising in Exeterís Cathedral Choir. He graduated in history from Kingís College London. He studied singing with the distinguished English tenor Ian Partridge before moving to the Royal College of Music, under the tutelage of Neil Mackie, where he was awarded the RCM Peter Pears and Mason Scholarships. He was also awarded a Susan Chilcott Scholarship (2006) and has been made a Royal Philharmonic Society Young artist. He is currently in his last year of studies at the Royal Academy, where he holds a Kohn Bach Scholarship in addition to a full entrance scholarship, and studies with Ryland Davies.

Thomas Hobbs has been increasingly in demand as a consort singer and soloist in both England and abroad. He was a member of the professional choir of St. Peterís Eaton Square in London, and has sung regularly with many London church choirs, most frequently at Westminster Abbey under James OíDonnell with whom he was seen on BBC 1 as the tenor soloist in a live broadcast honouring the Victoria Cross. As a consort singer, concerts have included a number of performances with the Binchois Consort, with Jeffrey Skidmoreís Ex Cathedra Consort, with Tenebrae and The English Concert under the direction of Nigel Short, with Stephen Laytonís Polyphony and with the Westminster Abbey Choir. He recorded with the Cardinalís Musick under Andrew Carwood as part of their William Byrd series, with The Sixteen under Harry Christophers and with the Westminster Abbey Choir. He has performed and recorded with many other leading ensembles including The Tallis Scholars (Director: Peter Phillips), I Fagiolini, Ensemble Plus Ultra and the Dunedin Consort.

On stage, Thomas Hobbs has performed the role of Acis in George Frideric Handel's Acis and Galatea, Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte, Ramiro in Cenerentola, Conte in Barber of Seville, Fileno in Haydn's La fedelta premiata for the Royal Academy Opera, and covering roles for Monteverdiís Poppea in RCM production

Equally at home on the concert platform, Thomas Hobbs' repertoire is varied. Engagements include J.S. Bach's St. John Passion (BWV 245) (St Martin in the Fields), the reconstructed J.S. Bach's St. Mark Passion (BWV 247) and G.F. Handel's Saul (St Johnís Smith Square), J.S. Bach's B Minor Mass (BWV 232) (Birmingham Town Hall), Monteverdi's Vespers (Three Choirs Festival and with Choir of New College, Oxford), G.F. Handel's Messiah (The Hanover Band) and Dvorak's Stabat Mater (Exeter Cathedral). Other concert engagements as a oloists have included Benjamin Brittenís Serenade for Tenor and Horn, G.F. Handel's Chandos Anthems, J.S. Bachís Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248), the role of Evangelist in J.S. Bachís St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244), Berliozís Te Deum, and a performance for Birmingham Royal Balletís production of Igor Stravinskyís Pulcinella. In recital he has given acclaimed performances of Ralph Vaughan Williams' On Wenlock Edge with the Edinburgh Quartet, Finziís Young Manís Exhortaion and B. Brittenís Abraham and Isaac, Schubert's Die Schone Mullerin and Robert Schumann's Liederkreis Op.39.

Recently Thomas Hobbs made his debut with the Kammerchor Stuttgart and Frieder Bernius on tour in Germany and Austria singing G.F. Handelís Israel in Egypt, the reviews of which mentioned his Ďoutstandingí contribution; B. Britten's Les Illuminations (Cambridge); and several appearances in the Royal Academy of Music - J.S. Bach: The Cantatas. In May 2008 he appeared for again for Royal Academy Opera as Conte Alberto in Rossini Líoccasione fa il ladro, and in July 2009 he was part of the prestigous Academie at the Aix-en-Provence Festival where performed in concert with Louis Langrée and the Camerata Salzburg.

Highlights this season (2009-2010) include his debut with Collegium Vocale Gent singing W.A. Mozart C Minor Mass on tour in Italy, J.S. Bachís B minor Mass (BWV 232) on tour with the Bach Akademie, Stuttgart and in recording with the Dunedin Consort, B. Brittenís Nocturne with Paul McCreesh and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Haydnís Creation with the Manchester Camerata, Evangelist in St John Passion (BWV 245) at Cadogan Hall and Lichfield Cathedral, G.F. Handelís Messiah for Opéra National de Bordeaux, W.A. Mozart Songs recital at Kingís Place and his first Albert Herring at the Royal Academy of Music.

Source: Intermusica Website (2010); Dunedin Consort Website (2008); Royal Philharmonic Society Website (2006)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2010)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




John Butt


BWV 232, BWV 248/2, 4 & 5

Richard Egarr


BWV 244

Philippe Herreweghe


BWV 6 [Video], BWV 11 [3rd, Video], BWV 21 [3rd, Video], BWV 25, BWV 43 [2nd, Video], BWV 44 [2nd], BWV 46, BWV 48, BWV 73 [2nd], BWV 105 [2nd], BWV 109, BWV 125 [3rd, Audio/Video], BWV 138 [3rd]
Video (2015):
BWV 62 [2nd], BWV 91 [2nd], BWV 40, BWV 63 [2nd]
BWV 225-230 [2nd], BWV 232 [3rd]
V-17 (2012):
BWV 244 [5th recording]
BWV 248 [2nd, DVD]

Philippe Herreweghe


Member of Collegium Vocale Gent:
C-22 (2012):
BWV 25, BWV 138 [3rd],, BWV 105 [2nd], BWV 46
C-23 (2013):
BWV 44 [2nd], BWV 48, BWV 73 [2nd], BWV 109

Raphaël Pichon


C-1 (2014): BWV 244a [2nd recording]
V-5 (2016, Video):
BWV 244

Raphaël Pichon


Member of Ensemble Pygmalion:
V-5 (2016, Video):
J. Kuhnau: Motet Tristis est anima mea, BWV 244: Part I, J. Handl Gallus: Ecce quomodo moritur justus, BWV 244: Part II

John Rutter


Member of Cambridge Singers:
C-2 (2009):
BWV 118

Jos van Veldhoven


AOB Video: BWV 42, BWV 67, BWV 102, BWV 206

Links to other Sites

Thomas Hobbs - Tenor (Official Website)
Thomas Hobbs - Tenor (Intermusica)

Thomas Hobbs - tenor - 2006 Susan Chilcott Scholar (Royal Philharmonic Society) [2006]
Dunedin Consort: Tom Hobbs [2008]

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