Reuben Thomas: CV

Full name
Reuben Rhys Thomas
Date of birth
13th November 1973
Nationality
British
Telephone
+44 7791 179665
Email
rrt@sc3d.org
Referees
Names provided on request

This CV was last updated on 20th May 2012. It is also available as a PDF file.



I am a bass-baritone with a wealth of consort and choral experience at the highest level covering a wide range of forms, styles and periods. I continue to seek both to broaden my skills and deepen my understanding of the repertoire and deepen my understanding of its foundations, with a varied mix of consort, choral and solo work. I am a Lay Clerk at Westminster Cathedral in London.

Future work

In June I shall appear with Cardinall’s Musick at the St Magnus Festival in Orkney, directed by Andrew Carwood, and will sing a further three concerts with them later in the summer and autumn. Also in June I shall appear at the Setubal Festival in Portugal with Contrapunctus, directed by Owen Rees, performing Spanish and Portuguese polyphony.

Selection of recent work

2012

  • I recorded a disc of music by Will Todd with Tenebræ, directed by Nigel Short in April.
  • In April I sang with Cardinall’s Musick in Leeds in a programme of Byrd, directed by Andrew Carwood.
  • In January I recorded Alexander Levine’s Liturgy of St John Chrysostom with Tenebræ, directed by Nigel Short and Adrian Peacock.

2011

  • In September and in November, I performed in two Choral Pilgrimage concerts with The Sixteen, directed by Eamonn Dougan.
  • In October, I appeared as Æneas in Purcell’s Dido and Æneas with Emma Kirkby as Dido, with the Armonico Consort directed by Christopher Monks.
  • In September, I was part of Westminster Cathedral Choir’s extensive tour of the United States, performing a programme centred on Victoria’s Requiem mass, directed by Martin Baker.
  • I performed a programme of Spanish polyphony in Antwerp in August with Contrapunctus, directed by Owen Rees.
  • in August I was the solo baritone in Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast at the Sherborne summer school.
  • I sang for the first time in three concerts with Cardinall’s Musick in June, directed by Andrew Carwood.

2010

  • In October I performed and recorded Berlioz’s Grand Messe des Morts with the Gabrieli Consort, directed by Paul McCreesh.
  • In August I recorded and performed the music of Eric Whitacre directed by the composer.
  • I sang the part of the Mother in Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins with the Aurora Orchestra directed by Nicholas Collon in May.
  • In April I sang with with Tenebræ in Spain directed by Nigel Short at the Mayfield Festival.
  • In March I performed Bach’s B minor mass with The Sixteen directed by Harry Christophers.

2009

  • In November and December I toured Messiah with Le concert d’Astrée directed by Emmanuelle Haïm.
  • In November I sang a programme of Italian baroque music with Tenebræ in Spain directed by Nigel Short.
  • In October I performed a programme of Haydn, Purcell and Christopher Gibbons with the Academy of Ancient Music directed by Richard Egarr at the Macau International Music Festival.
  • In June, I sang with the Academy of Ancient Music directed by Richard Egarr, in Halle and Potsdam, in performances of Messiah and other works by Handel, Purcell and Haydn.
  • In May I travelled to Zenarruza in northern Spain with A Capella Portuguesa to perform a programme of Spanish sacred music.
  • In March I sang for the first time with the National Chamber Choir of Ireland in a programme of early and modern music directed by Paul Hillier in Belfast and Dublin.
  • Also in February I appeared with Philharmonia Voices in performances of Gurre-Lieder conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.
  • In February I gave a recital of mélodies by Fauré and Poulenc and lieder by Wolf with Eugenia Cheng at the University of Sheffield.

2008

  • In December I performed Winterreise with Iain Simcock at the church of St-Merry in Paris.
  • In November I appeared as a soloist in a concert of English verse anthems directed by Andrew Arthur with Orpheus Britannicus.
  • Baritone soloist in a performance of Duruflé’s Messe Cum Jubilo with the Académie Vocale de Paris, directed by Iain Simcock.
  • In September I appeared with Accentus, the Paris-based choir recently named French choir of the year for the third time, directed by Laurence Equilbey, in a programme of Poulenc, Martin and Fenelon.
  • In July I sang in a BBC Proms concert with Philharmonia Voices providing the semi-chorus for Messiaen’s La Transfiguration de Jésus-Christ directed by Thierry Fischer, which was repeated under Kent Nagano at the Royal Festival Hall in October. In September we performed Stravinsky’s Œdipus Rex under Esa-Pekka Salonen.
  • Many concerts with the Armonico Consort directed by Christopher Monks, ranging from small consort performances of Victoria’s Requiem and Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices to large-scale performances of Handel’s Dixit Dominus, including solo performances in the Dixit Dominus, Monteverdi’s Vespers, as the Sorceress in a semi-staged Dido and Aeneas, and Hymen and Winter in The Fairy Queen, at music festivals throughout England and at the Felicja Blumenthal Festival in Tel-Aviv.
  • Four-concert tour of Messiah with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment directed by Lawrence Cummings.
  • Concert of Bach’s St John Passion with the Hanover Band in Chichester.
  • 8-voice performance of Biber’s 8 part Missa Bruxellensis for Belgian radio station Klara’s festival in Izegem with the Euterpe Baroque Concert, directed by Andrew Arthur.
  • Recording of music by John Rutter, directed by the composer, with the Cambridge Singers.
  • Soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass in the St George’s, Beckenham Arts Festival, directed by Madeleine Lovell.
  • Regular member of the five voice choir of Our Lady of Victories, High Street Kensington, directed by Charles Cole, and frequent appearances at The Temple Church and St Brides’, Fleet Street.

2007

  • Concert of Bach’s St John Passion with the Hanover Band in Brighton and Chichester.
  • Tour with the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées in their concert performances of Rossini’s Tancredi under René Jacobs in Rome, Rotterdam, Valencia, Barcelona, Valladolíd, Cologne, Paris and Brussels.
  • Concerts of Five Mystical Songs by Vaughan Williams (baritone solo) with the Ensemble Vocale of the Académie Vocale de Paris directed by Iain Simcock, in Paris.
  • Concert of Bach’s motets in an 8-voice ensemble with the Hanover Band directed by Andrew Arthur.
  • Twenty-first anniversary concert of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
  • Series of concerts of Monteverdi’s Vespers at the Flanders Festival with the Euterpe Baroque Concert, directed by Andrew Arthur.
  • Many concerts with the Armonico Consort directed by Christopher Monks, performing works including the Bach St John Passion, Victoria’s Requiem and Monteverdi’s Vespers all over England, and Alessandro Scarlatti’s 16-part Dixit Dominus in Tel-Aviv.
  • Recording of Handel’s Messiah with the Cambridge Singers under John Rutter.
  • Première of Tarik O’Regan’s Stolen Voices with the Choir of London at the Imperial War Museum, London, commissioned by the United Nations for World Peace Day 2007.

Education

2011–
Studying with Nicholas Powell.
2007–2011
Vocal studies with Stuart MacIntyre, of the Royal Northern College of Music.
2001–2006
Vocal studies with David Lowe.
1992–2001
Student at St John’s College, Cambridge, vocal studies with David Lowe. Tours throughout the world, including visits to South Africa, Japan, the USA and Australia; more than twenty recordings. Choral and academic scholarships.
2001
PhD in virtual machines from Cambridge University.
1995
BA (Cantab), first class in Mathematics with Computer Science, with the second-highest mark in the university.
1987–1992
Academic scholar (major scholarship) at Winchester College, vocal studies with Charles Brett and Julian Smith.
1982–1987
Chorister at St John’s College, Cambridge (head chorister 1987), under George Guest.

Other singing and music

2005
Teacher at the Académie Vocale de Paris, which raises children in the English choral tradition, rehearsing a wide range of choral music, and teaching technique to classes ranging in size from five to twenty children, whose ages varied from eight to fifteen. Regular performances, as singer, and (on one occasion) as director of the girls’ maîtrise.

Languages

  • Fluent French (I am a published translator), some Italian, and a little Dutch and German.
  • Queen’s Silver Medal for English Speech prize for poetry recitation (Winchester College, 1992).

Other interests and occupations

2009–
Proof-reader and editor for clients working in medical research.
2008
Invited researcher at the Université Marne-la-Vallée to work on the Vaucanson project to simulate finite state automata.
2006–
Web site designer and copywriter for a number of clients.
2003–
Computer systems administrator and advisor for clients including John Rutter and Ivor Bolton.
1993–
Contributions to a wide range of free and open source software projects, including the Debian operating system, SoX sound processing tools, Lua programming language and the Zile text editor.
2004–2009
Translation of Jacques Sakarovitch’s eight hundred page chef d’œuvre on the theory of automata from French into English for Cambridge University Press.
2001–2003
Programmer for the healthcare solutions provider Protechnic Exeter (also, confusingly, in Cambridge).
1999–2001
Researcher for the University of Glasgow in compiler technology, based at Microsoft Research in Cambridge.
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Last updated 2012/05/20