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Thomas Hobbs

Tenor

  • 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.

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  • 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 Bachchor, 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 Egypt with 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 also 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 Return 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 Così fan tutte. A keen recitalist, highlights include Brett Dean Winter Songs at the Cheltenham Festival, Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge with the Edinburgh Quartet, Schubert Die Schöne Müllerin and Schumann Liederkreis Op.39, a recital of Mozart songs 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 songs 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 Oratorio with the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, 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 scholarships, 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 Philharmonic Society Young Artist and was an Associate Artist of the Classical Opera Company. He was also a member of the prestigous Académie at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, where he performed in concert with Louis Langrée and the Camerata Salzburg.

    2015-16 season / 563 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Season highlights

Bach Cantatas
Collegium Vocale Ghent on tour


Bach Reformation programme
Ensemble Pygmalion


Bach Masses
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment


Bach Christmas Oratorio
Collegium Vocale Ghent on tour


Bach Cantatas
Netherlands Bach Society 

Concert repertoire

Bach, J.S.
St Mark Passion
Mass in B Minor
St Matthew Passion
St John Passion
Magnificat
Mass in G Minor
Christmas Oratorio
Cantatas (various)


Bach, C.P.E.
Magnificat


Beethoven
Choral Symphony


Berlioz 
Te Deum


Bruckner
Mass in F


Charpentier
Te Deum
Messe de Minuit


Dvořák
Stabat Mater


Gounod
Messe de St Caecile


Handel
Jephtha
Chandos Anthems
Messiah

Judas Maccabaeus
Samson
Israel in Egypt
Foundling Hospital Anthem
Sing Unto God
Dixit Dominus


Haydn 
Nelson Mass
Missa Cellensis
Paukenmesse
Creation


Mendelssohn 
Elijah
Paulus


Monteverdi 
Vespers


Mozart
Requiem
Mass in C Minor
Vespers
Missa Brevis in D


Purcell 
Dido and Aeneas


Rachmaninov
Vespers


Rossini
Stabat Mater


Schubert
Mass in G


Schutz 
Christmas Story


Stainer 
The Crucifixion


Stravinsky 
Pulcinella


Vivaldi
Magnificat
Dixit Dominus

Recital repertoire

Beethoven
Adelaïde
An die ferne geliebte (op.98)


Berkeley
Songs of the Half-Light


Britten
St Nicolas
Les Illuminations

Serenade
Rejoice in the Lamb
Canticles
War Requiem
Holy Sonnets of John Donne
Folk Song Arrangements
Winter Words
Folksongs for Guitar and Voice


Browne
To Gratiana dancing and singing


Dowland
Various lute-songs


Finzi
A Young Man’s Exhortation
Dies Natalis

O Fair to See


Gurney
I will go with my father a-ploughing
Sleep
Down by the Salley Gardens
Black Stitchel


Messiaen
La Mort du Nombre


Mozart
An Chloë
Abendempfindung
Dans un bois solitaire
An Die Freude
Komm, lieber Zither, komm
Das Lied Der Trennung
Die ihr des unermesslichen Weltalls Schöpfer ehrt (K619)
Das Traumbild


Poulenc
Bleuet


Schubert
Die Schöne Müllerin
Schwanengesang
Nacht und Träume
An die Musik
Nachtstück


Schumann
Liederkreis, Op.39


Strauss
Songs Op.10


Vaughan Williams
On Wenlock Edge
Silent Noon
Orpheus with his lute


Walton
Anon, In Love


Wolf
Mörike Lieder

Opera repertoire

Handel
Damon Acis and Galatea


Haydn
Fileno La Fedelta Premiata


Monteverdi
Telemaco Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria


Mozart
Don Ottavio Don Giovanni
Ferrando Cosi fan tutte


Rossini
Alberto L’occasione fa il ladro
Ramiro La Cenerentola
Count Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia

All in all high class vocal solo performances were provided by the tenor Thomas Hobbs and the bass Christian Immler : Hobbs is now one of the most interesting and significant Bach tenors

Klassik Magazine

Excellent soloists reflect their choral sensitivity, never assertive, but fluent, supple and admirably matched with accompanying instruments…Thomas Hobbs’s delight in it is palpable.

BBC Music Magazine

The solo team is outstanding. Thomas Hobbs’ Evangelist, mellifluous and personable, also makes light work of the runs in ‘Frohe Hirten’.

BBC Music Magazine

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Artist Manager
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Assistant Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9921
mhartman@intermusica.co.uk

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Tim Mead

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Andreas Homoki

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles