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Robert Macdonald

Robert Macdonald began his musical career as a chorister at Hereford Cathedral under the direction of Dr Roy Massey. From there he went on to an Academical Clerkship at Christ Church, Oxford where he read Biochemistry & Music whilst singing in the renowned choir there under Stephen Darlington.

After Oxford he won an exhibition to the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Mark Wildman. Since leaving the Academy he has developed a diverse career as both a consort singer and soloist. Uniquely, he has also at various times held positions at all three of the premier London choral foundations; namely Westminster Abbey, St Paulís Cathedral and Westminster Cathedral.

In the operatic field he has performed Il Tempo, (Monteverdiís Il Ritorno díUlisse) at the Teatro Sao Carlos, Lisbon and Sarastro, (Die ZauberflŲte) at the Brighton Festival. He has also sung Commendatore, (Don Giovanni) & The Abbot, (Brittenís Curlew River).

On the concert platform Robert Macdonald has sung Bachís B Minor Mass with The Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Handelís Hercules at The London Handel Festival for Laurence Cummings, Mozartís Requiem with The London Mozart Players and Raymond Leppard and Brucknerís Mass in F for Christopher Robinson, (Birmingham, Symphony Hall) as well as Purcellís Fairy Queen, the Bach Passions and Christmas Oratorio, Handelís Messiah, Haydnís Creation, Mozartís C Minor Mass, Verdiís Requiem, Elgarís Caractacus and Tippettís† A Child of our Time.

Robert has recorded Monteverdiís Vespers of 1610 with The Kingís Consort, (Robert King) & lute songs by Henry Lawes with Elizabeth Kenny for Hyperion; Verdalot Madrigals with Catherine King and Jacob Heringman for Linn and Anthems for The Chapel Royal with the Choir of Christ Church, Oxford for Nimbus.

Amongst his recent and future plans are the St John Passion with the Manchester Camerata, (Nicholas Kraemer), Handelís Utrecht Te Deum and Bachís Magnificat with St Jamesí Baroque, (James Oí Donnell), Stanfordís Stabat Mater with The Ulster Orchestra for BBC Northern Ireland and Mozartís C Minor Mass and Beethovenís Choral Fantasia with The Bach Choir at the Festival Hall (David Hill).

As a consort singer, Robert sings with several of the leading period ensembles of this country including The Hilliard Ensemble, The Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen, Cardinallís Musick and Alamire.

Robert is married with a young son, lives in west London and currently studies with Philip Doghan.

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Recordings featuring Robert Macdonald

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Posted on June 14th 2014

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