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 Exeter’s Cathedral Choir. He graduated in history from King’s 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. Peter’s Eaton Square in London, and has sung regularly with many London church choirs, most frequently at Westminster Abbey under James O’Donnell 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 Skidmore’s Ex Cathedra Consort, with Tenebrae and The English Concert under the direction of Nigel Short, with Stephen Layton’s Polyphony and with the choir of Westminster Abbey. He recorded with the Cardinal’s Musick under Andrew Carwood as part of their William Byrd series, with The Sixteen under Harry Christophers and with the choir of Westminster Abbey. He has performed and recorded with many other leading ensembles including The Tallis Scholars, 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 Monteverdi’s 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 John’s 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 Britten’s Serenade for Tenor and Horn, G.F. Handel's Chandos Anthems, J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248), the role of Evangelist in J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244), Berlioz’s Te Deum, and a performance for Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production of Igor Stravinsky’s Pulcinella. In recital he has given acclaimed performances of Ralph Vaughan Williams' On Wenlock Edge with the Edinburgh Quartet, Finzi’s Young Man’s Exhortaion and B. Britten’s Abraham and Isaac, Schubert's Die Schone Mullerin and 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. Handel’s Israel in Egypt, the reviews of which mentioned his ‘outstanding’ contribution; B. Britten's Les Illuminations (Cambridge); and several appearances in the Bach Cantata project at the Royal Academy of Music. In May 2008 he appeared for again for Royal Academy Opera as Conte Alberto in Rossini L’occasione 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 Mozart C Minor Mass on tour in Italy, J.S. Bach’s B minor Mass (BWV 232) on tour with the Bach Akademie, Stuttgart and in recording with the Dunedin Consort, B. Britten’s Nocturne with Paul McCreesh and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Haydn’s Creation with the Manchester Camerata, Evangelist in St John Passion (BWV 245) at Cadogan Hall and Lichfield Cathedral, G.F. Handel’s Messiah for Opéra National de Bordeaux, Mozart Songs recital at King’s Place and his first Albert Herring at the Royal Academy of Music.