Robin Tyson’s musical life began as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral. He was a choral scholar at King’s College Cambridge before joining the Royal College of Music for post-graduate study. Following a number of years performing as a concert and opera soloist he became a member of The King’s Singers, the world’s most sought-after a cappella ensemble, performing concerts all over the world, recording and teaching. This culminated in 2009 with a Grammy Award for the album Simple Gifts.
As a soloist he has performed throughout Europe, in the USA and the Far East, most notably with conductors Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Richard Hickox, Paul McCreesh, René Jacobs, Emmanuel Haim, Stephen Cleobury and Robert King. He has enjoyed concerts with the viol consort Fretwork, and recently recorded more viol music with Concordia for Channel 4’sElizabeth, starring Helen Mirren. Robin was heavily involved in Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s yearlong Bach Cantata pilgrimage in 2000, with CDs of all 200 cantatas still being released on the Solo Deo Gloria label. In the world of contemporary music he has appeared twice in the BBC Proms in György Kurtàg’s What is the Word, and in the world premiere of Giles Swayne’s Havoc. Finally, as an opera performer, Robin has worked at La Monnaie, Brussels, at the Festspielhaus, Salzburg, and in Barcelona, Lyon and Montpellier, Antwerp and Ghent in works by Cavalli, Handel, Purcell and Blow.
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