Kington Choral Society

Our Musical Director

Robert Evans began his musical education as a chorister at Hereford Cathedral and studied clarinet at The Royal Welsh College of music.  He subsequently studied singing with Henry Cummings.

After a number of careers (from the Petro Chemical industry to Solanacae husbandry) Robert was drawn to the notion of making his living from singing, to which end he studied as a “mature” student at The Royal College of Music.  Robert distinguished himself there by being a) the oldest student and b) the cheapest “Elijah” since the Suez crisis.

Robert made his London debut in 1987 at The Royal Festival Hall with the choir of The London Oratory.  Having spent ten years in the choir of Westminster Cathedral (winners of the Gramophone Record of the year 1999) Robert moved to Salisbury, allowing him to concentrate on his freelance singing career, both as a soloist and as a consort singer working with The Sixteen, The Cardinalls Musick (winners of the Gramophone Record of the year 2010), Alamire, Tenebrae, The Kings Consort, and The Gabrieli Consort.  Recently Robert moved again, this time to Mid Wales – his time is now shared between singing and walking two (over energetic) border collies.

Singing engagements have taken Robert to the USA, Japan, Australia and throughout Europe.  Sadly an appearance of several weeks in New York only featured his hands, plaster casts of which appeared there on a mannequin.

Although Robert spends most of his time performing Classical music, he also enjoys the lighter end of the repertoire.  He has sung in the West End (Starlight Express), cabaret, jingles and film sound tracks including Crimson Tide, Sleepy Hollow, Chocolat, King Arthur, Pirates of the Caribbean II, Flushed Away, The Da Vinci Code, Prometheus, Grimsby and his particular favourite, Muppet Treasure Island.

For information about previous musical directors, please see our brief history page.