Robin’s first performances were singing at folk nights in Sheffield pubs as a child. After completing his undergraduate degree in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Studies as a choral scholar at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, he spent six years as a tenor Lay Vicar at Lichfield Cathedral and studied postgraduate composition at Birmingham Conservatoire. He also used his voice in more informal (and sometimes unusual) settings, leading primary-school singing workshops with Lichfield MusicShare, singing folk sets in care homes and at Lichfield Folk Festival, and performing contemporary and improvised works in art galleries, medieval bridge-chapels and at canal-side firepits.
In 2020 he came to the Royal Northern College of Music, recently graduating with a Masters in singing and continuing with a postgraduate diploma. He enjoys oratorio and operatic performance as much as folk music and his solo highlights include Leighton’s Crucifixus Pro Nobis, Handel’s Messiah and playing Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival.
“I knew I wanted to sing with The Apex Singers as soon as the tears started rolling down my face halfway through the first track on Hiraeth, The Booley House. I’m hugely excited to be able to make such beautiful music with such a talented and dedicated group!”