Richard Pollock biography - Cantores OEC 2022

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.Richard Pollock - Biography
Richard was awarded a distinction in Vocal Performance and Opera from the Royal Northern College of Music, as a pupil of Mr Patrick  McGuigan and Sir Peter Moores Foundation scholar.  By that time he had also graduated in law and begun his teaching career.

Richard started singing as a church chorister in Sutton Coldfield, and went on to develop a successful sacred concert solo repertoire, performing in cathedrals and concert halls across the country.  Such works include Bach St John and St Matthew Passions and Christmas Oratorio as the Evangelist, Beethoven ‘Choral’ Symphony, Britten Saint Nicolas, Elgar The Kingdom, Handel Messiah and the title roles Judas Maccabeus, Samson, and Acis and Galatea, Puccini Messa di Gloria, Dvorak Stabat Mater, Mozart Requiem, Solemn Vespers and Coronation Mass, Haydn Creation, Mendelssohn Elijah and Symphony No 2, Orff Carmina Burana, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, and Bizet Te Deum.   He was a guest artist for the Prom Praise celebrations at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and also performed the world premiere of Rawsthorne’s Kubla Kahn there.  Richard is returning to sing with Cantores Oecumenica having sung the     Evangelist for Wood’s St Matthew Passion last year.

In recital, Richard was the winner of the RNCM Cronshaw/Frost Song Cycle competition with Britten’s Winter Words.  Despite no longer singing opera, he still enjoys the occasional gala, both home and abroad.  

He and his wife live in Cheshire, where both sons use their father’s musical scores to build dens.  Richard currently teaches at St Mary’s CE School in     Davyhulme, and somehow still finds time to go sailing, cook, watch rugby and walk his two dogs.  

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