Thomas Hobbs


Thomas Hobbs is in demand  with many leading baroque and early music ensembles, appearing throughout Europe and the US as a soloist in key works  from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Hobbs works  frequently with, among  others, Philippe Herreweghe and his acclaimed ensemble  Collegium Vocale  Gent and Raphaël Pichon  and his Ensemble Pygmalion.

Recent concert performances include Evangelist in the Bach St Matthew Passion and St John Passion with the Choir  of King’s College, Cambridge, Le Concert Lorrain and Ensemble Pygmalion, arias in the Passions with the Academy of Ancient  Music, CVG and Ex Cathedra, Bach B minor Mass with  CVG, Le Concert Lorrain, Akademie  für Alte Musik  Berlin, Bach Akademie  Stuttgart and the Freiburg  Bachchar, Bach Magnificant with De Nederlandse Bachverenigning, Bach Ascension  Oratorio with CVG, Bach Christmas Oratorio with the Australian  Chamber  Orchestra, title role in Handel  Joshua with the Akademie  für Alte Musik  and RIAS Kammerchor, Handel  Israel in Egyptwith

the Choir  of King’s College, Cambridge, Handel  Messiah Le Concert Lorrain, Mozart Requiem with Dunedin Consort and Beethoven  Mass in C with Stuttgart Kammerchor. Hobbs has aIso made  debuts  with the Northern Sinfonia,  City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Scottish National  and Bournemouth Symphony orchestras and with renowned period ensemble  Accademia Bizantina under  Ottavio Dantone.

Hobbs’s operatic roles include a critically acclaimed Telemachus  The Retum of Ulysses in a new production for English National Opera  conducted by Jonathan, Apollo and Shepherd in Monteverdi’s Orfeo in semi-staged performances with Richard Egarr and the AAM, the title  role in Albert  Herring and Ferrando  Cosifan tutte.  A keen recita list, highlights include Brett Dean Winter Sangs  at the Cheltenham Festival, Vaughan Williams  On Wenlock  Edge with the Edinburgh  Ouartet, Schubert  Oie Schone Müllerin and Schumann Liederkreis  Op.39, a recital of Mozart  sangs at London’s Kings Place, a recital  of English song and German lieder for the Festival Accademia delle Crete Senesi in Tuscany, and, most  recently, Wolf sangs at the Oxford Lieder Festival and a recital  at the Ryedale Festival with Christopher Glynn.

Hobbs’ ever-expanding discography includes Bach B minor Mass with  CVG and Dunedin  Consort, Bach Motets, Leipzig cantatas and Christmas Oratorio with CVG, Handel  Acis et Galatea and Esther with Dunedin Consort and Beethoven  Mass  in C with  Stuttgart Kammerchor. His most  recent  recordings of Handel Chandos Anthems with  Stephen  Layton  and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Mozart Requiem with John Butt and the Dunedin  Consort have been universally  praised, with the latter receiving  the 2014 Gramophone Award  for best Choral recording.

Current and future engagements include  further tours with Collegium Vocale; Damon Acis and Galatea with Dunedin  Consort, Bach cantatas with De Nederlandse Bachverenigning and Ensemble Pygmalion, Bach Christmas Oratoriwith the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederé Österreich, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich and Le Concert Lorrain.

Born in Exeter, Thomas  Hobbs  studied at the Royal College of Music  under the tutelage of Neil Mackie, where he was awarded the RCM  Peter Pears and Mason scholar ships, and at the Royal Academy  of Music  under Ryland Davies, where he held a Kohn Bach Scholarship in addition to a full entrance  scholarship. He was also awarded a Susan Chilcott Scholarship, has been made a Royal Philharmonie Society Young Artist and was an Associate Artist of the Classical Opera  Company. He was also a member of the prestigious Académie at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, where he performed in concert with Louis Langrée  and the Camerata Salzburg.

Photo Credit – Benjamin Ealovega

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