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Thomas hobbs

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Thomas Hobbs is one of the leading baroque tenors of his generation. Regularly performing in Europe and North America as a soloist in key works from the 2018th, 19th and XNUMXth centuries, Hobbs frequently works with, among others, Philippe Herreweghe and his famous ensemble Collegium Vocale Gent, and the Netherlands Bach Society. Among the highlights of the XNUMX/XNUMX season are Vespers by Monteverdi with RIAS Kammerchor in Japan, Polish baroque music by GG Gorczyck with Wrocław Baroque ensemble, Passion according to Saint John of Bach with Le Banquet Celeste, as well as several concerts with Collegium Vocale Gent and Gli Angeli Geneva.

Born in Exeter, Thomas Hobbs studied at the Royal College of Music under the tutelage of Neil Mackie, where he received the Peter Pears and Mason scholarships from the MRC, and at the Royal Academy of Music under Ryland Davies, where he received a Kohn Bach scholarship in addition to a full scholarship. He also received a Susan Chilcott Fellowship, was named a young artist by the Royal Philharmonic Society, and was an associate artist with the Classical Opera Company. He is also a member of the prestigious Academy of the Aix-en-Provence Festival, where he performs in concert with Louis Langrée and the Camerata Salzburg.

His other concerts include Haydn Creation with Israel Camerata in Jerusalem and with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cantatas of Bach, the Mass in B minor and the Easter Oratorio with Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Bach with the Musikpodium Stuttgart, Vespers by Monteverdi with the Academy of Ancient Music. Highlights from the past include Damon Acis and Galatea with Dunedin Consort, Bach cantatas with De Nederlandse Bachverenigning and Ensemble Pygmalion, Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich and Le Concert Lorrain .

Hobbs' lyrical roles include a critically-acclaimed Telemachus in The Return of Ulysses in a new production for the English National Opera directed by Jonathan Cohen, Apollo and Shepherd in Monteverdi's Orfeo, in semi-staged performance with Richard Egarr and AAM, the title role in Albert Herring and Ferrando Così fan tutte. A passionate recitalist, among the best, we can mention Brett Dean Winter Songs at the Cheltenham Festival, Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge with the Edinburgh Quartet, Schubert Die Schöne Müllerin and Schumann LiederkreisOp. 39, a recital of songs by Mozart at Kings Place in London, a recital of English songs and German lieder for the Festival Accademia delle Crete Senesi in Tuscany, and, more recently, songs of Wolf at the Oxford Lieder Festival and a recital at Ryedale Festival with Christopher Glynn.

Hobbs' discography continues to grow: Bach Mass in B minor with CVG and Dunedin Consort, Bach Motets, Leipzig cantatas and Christmas Oratorio with CVG, Christmas Oratorio with Dunedin Consort, Handel Acis and Galatea and Esther with Dunedin Consort and Beethoven Mass in C with Stuttgart Kammerchor. His hymn recordings of Handel Chandos with Stephen Layton and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Mozart's Requiem with John Butt and the Dunedin Consort were unanimously praised, the latter receiving the 2014 Gramophone Prize for best choral recording. More recently, he released a CD with Herreweghe / Collegium Vocale Gent - Bach, 'Sonn und Child' on the PHI label.

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