David Roblou

tutors10David Roblou began his career as an organist, specialising in late C19th, early C20th and contemporary music including Judith Bingham’s earliest pieces. His transfer to harpsichord led to the career in Early Music for which many know him best. However, his involvement with singers (and indeed dancers) from the outset led to work in all musical forms: chamber music, oratorio and opera. The foundation of Midsummer Opera (MD from 1985, Artistic Director from 2000) led to his conducting all the small touring companies in the 90s, including much “mainstream” as well as baroque repertoire. His repertoire now includes over 70 operas from c1600 to world premieres of Alison Bauld, Simon Milton, Naji Hakim, Veronique Souberbielle and Robert Hugill, plus ballet, oratorio and orchestral works of all periods, touring the UK, Europe and the Americas. He has conducted Le Nozze di Figaro (rare complete performances) in Holland and Dido and Aeneas in Tallinn, Estonia. More recently he has conducted the B minor Mass for the Bath Bach Festival, Handel and Telemann Water Musics at the Bridgewater Hall, and Purcell in Budapest, and for the Brighton and Prague Spring Festivals. He has given world and UK premieres on both harpsichord and piano, including Simon Milton’s Saturn, twice round the Sun, Concertino for Harpsichord and Strings. As coach he has guested at ROH and ENO, taught at GSMD for 30 years, Hamburg Hochschule, the Centre for Early Music Performance and Research (University of Birmingham), gives masterclasses internationally and is consulted by singers enjoying careers worldwide.

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