Richard Egarr leads Mary Bevan, Thomas Hobbs & Christopher Purves in Handel Messiah at the Barbican Centre
Richard Egarr returns to the Barbican Centre this month alongside his Academy of Ancient Music for a performance of Handel Messiah on 20 December 2017. Egarr is joined for the concert by Intermusica's Mary Bevan, Thomas Hobbs and Christopher Purves, as well as countertenor Reginald Mobley.
Egarr is one of the UK's foremost baroque performers, and has received great critical acclaim for his performances of Handel over the years. Of a previous Messiah with the AAM, the Guardian wrote:
“The emotional trajectory was securely plotted, with the central depiction of the Passion and resurrection admirably taut, and the great outpouring of joy reserved for the final vision of how “the dead shall be raised incorruptible” on judgment day…. Vocally, much of it was remarkable."
Mary Bevan begins 2018 in Madrid where she sings Rose Maurrant in Weill’s Street Scene for Teatro Real. Later in the season she returns to the Barbican, this time with the Royal Opera, to sing the title role in the world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Coraline.
Thomas Hobbs also performs in Canada this month, singing Bach cantatas with Les Violons du Roy and Bernard Labadie. He begins the new year singing Bach Christmas Oratorio with the Danish National Symphony and Marcus Creed and joins Collegium Vocale Gent on tour at the end of January.
Christopher Purves has just made his debut as Trinity Moses in Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny for Opernhaus Zurich under Fabio Luisi and this month also sings Berlioz l’Enfance du Christ with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and Robin Ticciati.
Mary Bevan & Thomas Hobbs sing Bach's Christmas Oratorio on tour in Australia
Mary Bevan and Thomas Hobbs travel to Australia this month for a tour with the Choir of London and Australian Chamber Orchestra from 3 to 10 December 2017. Bevan and Hobbs join the ensembles and conductor Richard Tognetti for performances of Bach Christmas Oratorio in Melbourne, Queensland, Canberra and Sydney.
In the new year, Bevan debuts at Madrid’s Teatro Real as Rose Maurrant in Weill Street Scene and sings the title role in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new opera Coraline for the Royal Opera at the Barbican. She can also be seen this month singing Handel Messiah with the Dunedin Consort at Wigmore Hall, and with the Academy of Ancient Music at the Barbican.
Hobbs travels onward from Australia to Canada to perform Bach cantatas alongside Les Violons du Roy and Bernard Labadie, and reunites with Bevan at the Barbican for Messiah with the Academy of Ancient Music. He also returns to the Christmas Oratorio in January with the Danish National Symphony and Marcus Creed.
Richard Egarr conducts Thomas Hobbs & the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Schumann Requiem
Richard Egarr and Thomas Hobbs travel to Scotland this month to perform Schumann Requiem with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra on 26 and 27 October 2017. Hobbs is joined by fellow soloists Rowan Pierce and Daniela Lehner. Egarr precedes the Requiem with Brahms Serenade No.2.
Elsewhere this month, Egarr conducts the Academy of Ancient Music in a performance of Purcell King Arthur at the Barbican Centre in London and leads the Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra in a programme of Purcell The Fairy Queen, Mozart Piano Concerto No.12 and Schumann Symphony No.2.
Hobbs recently sang Haydn Creation with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and also sang the Monteverdi Vespers with the RIAS Kammerchor in Berlin. Further ahead travels to Australia for performances of Bach Christmas Oratorio with the Choir of London and Australian Chamber Orchestra. In December he returns to Canada to sing Bach cantatas with Bernard Labadie and Les Violons du Roy, before joining the Academy of Ancient Music at the Barbican for their annual Messiah.
Thomas Hobbs joins Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla & the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for Haydn's Creation
Thomas Hobbs joins the City of Birmingham this month for two performances of Haydn Creation under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla on 21 and 22 September 2017. Elsewhere he also performs Monteverdi Vespers with the RIAS Kammerchor in Berlin on 15 and 16 September.
Further ahead Hobbs sings Schumann Requiem with Richard Egarr and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and also travels to Australia for performances of Bach Christmas Oratorio with the Choir of London and Australian Chamber Orchestra. In December he returns to Canada to sing Bach cantatas with Bernard Labadie and Violons du Roy, before joining the Academy of Ancient Music at the Barbican for their annual Messiah.
Hobbs most recently received critical acclaim for his work with Gli Angeli Geneve, singing Bach St John Passion on tour to Canada:
"Hobbs’ work was, by any standard, exceptional. His remarkable diction, beautiful sound, undemonstrative flair for making every word tell, and a marvellously informed style with no affectations were consistently evident. He owned the evening."
Classical Voice America, August 2017
Thomas Hobbs sings Monteverdi Vespers at the Barbican with Academy of Ancient Music
Thomas Hobbs joins the Academy of Ancient Music and Robert Howarth at the Barbican Centre in London on 23 June 2017 to perform Monteverdi Vespers of 1610. The performance is part of the international celebrations of for the 450th anniversary of the composer's birth. Hobbs is joined for the performances by sopranos Rowan Pierce and Louise Alder.
Hobbs performs the Vespers again in September with Justin Doyle and the RIAS Kammerchor in the newly opened Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin. This summer he can also be seen in concerts with Gli Angeli Genève in Vancouver, and at the Festival of Early Music in Utrecht.
Thomas Hobbs sings Haydn The Creation with the London Philharmonic Orchestra & Sir Roger Norrington
Thomas Hobbs joins the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir on 4 February 2017 to sing Haydn The Creation. Hobbs joins fellow soloists Susan Gritton and Christopher Maltman in this performance conducted by Sir Roger Norrington. The concert will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 13 February.
The performance is part of the Southbank Centre's new year-long festival, Belief and Beyond Belief, which explores the music, art, culture, science, philosophy, ritual and traditions that have risen out of religion in its many guises.
Hobbs is a renowned performer of oratorios, most recently receiving critical acclaim for his recording of Bach Christmas Oratorio with the Dunedin Consort:
"The singer teams show plenty of Bachian expertise...Nicholas Mulroy and Thomas Hobbs both make assured and communicative Evangelists"
Gramophone, October 2016
"Thomas Hobbs excels in ‘Ich will nur dir zu Ehren leben’; not only is he admirably dexterous in the almost unreasonably quick passagework but he enunciates the words clearly amid the forest of notes."
Music Web International, October 2016
Thomas Hobbs sings Bach for tours with Pygmalion Ensemble & Collegium Vocale Gent
Thomas Hobbs tours Europe during March singing Bach masterpieces with two different ensembles: Pygmalion Ensemble and Collegium Vocale Gent.
On 10 and 11 March, Hobbs will join Raphaël Pichon and the Pygmalion Ensemble for their ‘Reformation’ programme in Aix-en-Provence, featuring Bach Cantatas 190, 79, and 80, as well as Bach Motet 225. Hobbs recently collaborated with the ensemble for a recording of Bach Köthener Trauermusik which won Best Classical Recording of the year at the 2015 Victoires de la Musique Awards. Click here to listen to the album on Spotify.
Beginning on 26 March, Hobbs will sing Evangelist in Bach St. John Passion alongside Florian Boesch, Grace Davidson, Robin Tritschler, Peter Kooij, and Collegium Vocale Gent under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe. The tour will travel to nine cities in two weeks, beginning on 26 March in Bruges, and finishing on 4 April in Zurich.
Thomas Hobbs sings Bach with Collegium Vocale Gent in Budapest & Bruge
Thomas Hobbs returns to Collegium Vocale Gent on 21 January for performances in Budapest and Bruges. Hobbs will sing Bach Mass in B Minor at Budapest’s Palace of Arts, followed by performances of Bach Cantatas at the Concertgebouw Brugge on 30 January and 1 February. These concerts will include the Motet Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227, and Trauerode Lass, Fürstin, lass noch einen Strahl BWV198.
Hobbs has previously received praise for his performances of the works of Bach, including his recording of Bach Cantatas with Collegium Vocale Gent, released earlier this year: “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, September 2014)
Thomas Hobbs: Mozart Requiem nominated for Grammy for best choral performance
Thomas Hobbs’ recording of Mozart Requiem with the Duendin Consort has been nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award for best choral performance.
This recording, released by Linn Records, aims to recreate the first performance of the Requiem, using David Black’s 2013 edition of Süssmayr's completion of the piece. Hobbs was joined by fellow soloists Matthew Brook (bass), Rowan Hellier (mezzo-soprano), and Joanne Lunn (soprano) in a performance conducted by John Butt.
Already the winner of the 2014 Gramophone Award in the Choral category, the recording has received major critical acclaim. “Purely on grounds of performance alone, this is one of the finest Mozart Requiems of recent years” (Gramophone, May 2014). Hobbs in particular has long been praised for his performances of the works of Mozart, and on this recording “he adorns the performance with a standard-setting account of the tenor part” (Voix des Arts, March 2014).
The Grammy Awards will be presented on Sunday 8 February in Los Angeles.
Thomas Hobbs: Christmas Oratorio performances with Tonkünstler Orchestra & Tonhalle-Orchester
Thomas Hobbs tours Europe singing Bach Christmas Oratorio from 5 December. Hobbs will join Vienna’s Tonkünstler Orchestra for four performances in five days, giving concerts in St. Polten (5 December), Grafenegg (6 December), and Vienna (7 and 9 December). Concerts will also feature conductor Daniel Reuss, soprano Carolyn Sampson, and baritone Roderick Williams. An accomplished interpreter of the works of Bach, Hobbs has been praised for “his pure tone, full of youthful ardour, and his assured technique.” (International Record Review, March 2013)
Following the Austrian tour, Hobbs will travel to Zurich where he joins conductor Tim Brown, Zürcher Sing-Akademie, and the Tonhalle-Orchester for another performance of the Christmas Oratorio on 19 December. Hobbs then reunites with Daniel Reuss in Lucerne for a final performance with Le Concert Lorraine and Capella Amsterdam on 21 December.
Thomas Hobbs sings Purcell with Collegium Vocale Gent
Thomas Hobbs performs with Collegium Vocale Gent during September with a programme of Henry Purcell’s music, featuring several of the composer’s anthems alongside his celebrated Ode to St. Cecilia. Hobbs joins CVG for performances in four European cities in four days, giving concerts in Antwerp (11 September), Brugge (12 September), Wroclaw (13 September) and Stuttgart (14 September).
Following the tour, Hobbs returns to the UK for two performances of Handel’s Acis and Galatea with the renowned John Butt and his Dunedin Consort. Hobbs will sing the role of Damon, which he previously recorded with the group on Linn Records.
Intermusica artists win Gramophone Awards 2014
The Pavel Haas Quartet, Richard Egarr and Thomas Hobbs are winners at the 2014 Gramophone Awards in the Chamber, Recital and Choral categories. All this year’s awards will be presented at the Gramophone Awards ceremony in London on 17 September.
The Pavel Haas Quartet have won the Chamber category for their Schubert recording, released on Supraphon in September 2013. The recording received immediate acclaim upon its release, described as “vivid and compelling” by The Strad and "the perfect fusion of virtuosity and profundity" by the Times, while Gramophone praised the quartet’s “fearless risk-taking, their fervency and... absolute confidence."
Richard Egarr is honoured in the Recital category for his Wigmore Hall Live recording with counter-tenor Iestyn Davies, Arise, My Muse. Recorded in February 2013, the album was released on the Wigmore Hall Live label, and features music from seventeenth-century London by composers Henry Purcell, Giovanni Gabrieli, Jeremiah Clarke, John Blow and William Croft.
In the choral category, Thomas Hobbs is one of the soloists on the winning Mozart Requiem recording with the Dunedin Consort, John Butt, and fellow soloists Joanne Lunn (soprano) Rowan Hellier (mezzo-soprano) and Matthew Brook (bass). The recording, released on Linn Records, was described by Gramophone as "one of the finest Mozart Requiems of recent years”.
Thomas Hobbs performs at the Edinburgh International Festival with Collegium Vocale Gent
Thomas Hobbs travels to Edinburgh for the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival, giving two performances with renowned choir, Collegium Vocale Gent, on 12 and 16 August.
The first is a performance of Lassus Lagrime di San Pietro at Greyfiars Church. This is followed on 16 August with a performance of Bach’s B Minor Mass at Usher Hall, in which Hobbs features as the tenor soloist. Both concerts will be conducted by Collegium Vocale Gent Artistic Director Philippe Herreweghe.