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Baritone Richard Bannan is a Lay-Clerk of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, Musical Director of Petros Singers, Musical Director Designate of Woking Choral Society and Head of Singing at King’s College School, Wimbledon, alongside pursing a career as a soloist and consort singer. He began singing at an early age as a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral, before reading music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he was a Choral Scholar.
Solo repertoire includes the Mozart, Brahms, Verdi, Fauré and Duruflé Requiems, the Bach Passions, both Bach and Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorios, Charpentier’s Te Deum and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs in addition to mass settings by Mozart, Haydn, Rossini and Puccini. He has sung Handel’s Messiah for the Royal Hospital Concert Series – as well as in St Mary’s Cathedral, Perth, Australia – Bach cantatas at the London Bach Festival, the Monteverdi 1610 Vespers for the Wimbledon International Festival and the Stainer Crucifixion for the Windsor Festival.
Under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Richard has sung as soloist in Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien at the Edinburgh International Festival as well as works by Schumann with the Gustav Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. He has performed as a soloist with the Gabrieli Consort under Paul McCreesh, sung Bach and 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.
He has also sung the roles of Judas, Pontifex and Pilate in Bach’s Matthäus-Passion with Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music, as well as parts in Carissimi’s Jepthe and Purcell’s King Arthur, whilst on stage he has sung the roles of Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and the title role in Monteverdi’s Orfeo. More recently, he joined the single male voice ensemble Gallicantus, performing and recording Lassus’ Lagrime de San Pietro, for which the group were nominated for a Gramophone award, whilst in recital he has sung cycles by Mahler (Kindertotenlieder) Brahms (Vier Ernste Gesänge), Vierne (Les Angelus), Cornelius (Weinachtslieder) and Finzi (I Said to Love) as well as shorter works by Beethoven, Schumann and Debussy.
During his time at Cambridge, Richard formed his own chamber choir to perform a variety of works such as Parry’s Songs of Farewell and Richard Strauss’ Der Abend. Since then he has held conducting positions at the Yehudi Menuhin School, where he notably conducted a programme of works by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies in front of the composer, as well as working with Eton Choral Courses, Reading Festival Chorus, Reading Phoenix Choir, Rodolfus Choir, Bloxham School Chapel Choir, chamber choir of the Pilgrim’s School, Winchester, Polish National Youth Choir and Baroque Week Summer School.
He was Musical Director of the Yateley Choral Society from 2012-2016, with whom he conducted performances of the Bach and Chilcott St John Passions, the Brahms, Faure, Duruflé and Rutter Requiems, mass settings by Haydn, Rossini and Jenkins, as well as the world premiere of Graham Ross’ An Imperial Elegy, which was written especially for the society. He has since become Musical Director of Petros Singers, with whom he has conducted Handel’s Belshazzar and Britten’s Ceremony of Carols as well as a number of smaller scale works and will become Musical Director of Woking Choral Society in April 2019. In addition, he has directed projects with the Gabrieli Consort, including performances of Handel’s Coronation Anthems at Hampton Court Palace and a madrigal recital at the Dartington International Summer School.
Recent solo performances have included Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Orff’s Carmina Burana, as well as Bach cantatas live on BBC Radio 3 with the AAM, his first Sea Symphony (Vaughan Williams) alongside performances of Haydn’s Creation, Israel in Egypt (Handel), and Ian Aserssohn’s new oratorio Dies Irae.
During the current season he will sing Mass in B Minor (Bach) with Tenebrae and the AAM, Finzi’s In Terra Pax and Rossini’s Petitte Messe Solenelle as well as conducting Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem with Petros Singers and the Vivaldi Gloria with Woking Choral Society.
For Oratorio and Concert repertoire please scroll down:
|Oratorio and concert rep|
|Bach J. S.||B Minor Mass|
|Cantatas 39, 52, 56, 62, 80, 82, 130, 140, 182|
|Johannes-Passion; Jesus, Arias, Pilate|
|Matthäus-Passion Arias, Judas, Ponteifex, Pilate|
|Brahms||Ein Deutsches Requiem|
|Messe cum Jubilo|
|Finzi||In Terra Pax|
|Israel in Egypt|
|Missa in Tempore Belli|
|St Nicholas Mass|
|Mass in C Minor|
|Puccini||Messa di Gloria|
|Come, ye Sons of Art|
|Love’s Goddess Sure|
|Rossini||Petite Messe Sollenelle|
|Vaughan-Williams||A Sea Symphony|
|Fantasia on Christmas Carols|
|Five Mystical Songs|
|Serenade to Music|