Robert-John Edwards

Bass-Baritone

About

Stamford-born Robert-John originally trained as a pianist and composer at Middlesex University and had small choral works performed at St Martin’s-in-the-Fields church and Lincoln and Winchester Cathedrals. He later trained as a singer, attending the Birmingham Conservatoire as a postgraduate and winning the PGDip course prize in 2007.

Roles to date include Marchese d’Obigny (La Traviata – Verdi) for Pavilion Opera, Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni – Mozart) for Opera Seria, Rochefort (Anna Bolena – Donizetti) for Hashtag Opera, Fafner (Das Rheingold – Wagner) for Secret Opera and Saffron Hall Opera, Don Parmenione (L’Occasione fa il ladrò – Rossini) for Opera Minima, Benoit/Alcindoro (La Bohème – Puccini) for Co-Opera-Co, Antonio/Bartolo (La Nozze di Figaro – Mozart) for Dorset Productions, Priest/Cadmus/Somnus (Semele – Händel) for Operamus, Ashmodeus (Tobias and the Angel – Dove) for Buxton Opera Festival, The Notary (Don Pasquale – Donizetti) for Apollo Opera and he has performed in the professional choruses of Buxton Festival Opera, Carl Rosa Opera and Stanley Hall Opera.

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Robert-John Edwards gives cleverly judged accounts of both Benoit and Alcindoro.

George Hall, Opera Now

AS A CONCERT ARTIST:

Robert-John also specialises as a soloist in oratorios and song recitals (he has a particular love of lieder). Over the past couple of years, he has been performing his concept recital, “A Ploughman’s Tale” around the country. The programme is based upon songs and settings of words by those who lived through (and in some cases) died in the Great War of 1914-18 and forms the very human story of a plough-boy who grows up with dreams and feels the call of the War before discovering its true horrors.

For a full list of the repertoire Robert-John currently covers, view his profile on:

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“Robert-John Edwards was an imposing Faffner”…and…”made his way through with accuracy and engaging style.” (2 reviews)

Charlotte Valori, Operarissima

Schedule

10th March 2018

Private salon recital, near Turnpike Lane Underground, London.

Winterreise

Franz Schubert’s celebrated song-cycle to words by Wilhelm Müller.  Performed with American pianist, Gina Kruger. For more information and to book, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page.

25th March 2018

St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.

Maunder’s Olivet to Calvary

Tenor TBC

Bass Robert-John Edwards

Choir of St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray

James Gutteridge,
Musical Director

Please see the church's website nearer the date for details of this special service.

 

14th April, 2018 at 7.30pm

Whissendine Village Hall, Whissendine, Rutland

An opera gala in aid of the St Andrew’s Repertory Society
(AKA Whissendine STARS)

A selection of well known and loved operatic arias and ensembles.

Caroline Sharpe
Soprano
(Mario Lanza Prize, 2009)

Helen Anne Gregory
Mezzo-soprano

Tenor TBC

Robert-John Edwards
Bass-Baritone

Gina Kruger
Piano

12th May 2018 at 7.30pm

Fulham Broadway Methodist Church, London SW6

Opera Gala SW6

An Opera Gala recital with Helen Constantine, Soprano, Anne Millsom, Mezzo-soprano and Geoffrey Burden, Piano.  More details to follow.

Opera SW6 Website

 

A Concert of Opera (TBC)

9th June 2018 &

22nd June 2018

Locations TBC

A concert of operatic favourites

Full details to follow soon.

Novus Cantores Lutterworth

Christopher Hill
Musical Director

Novus Cantores Website

 

A Ploughman’s Tale

“A Ploughman’s Tale” is a concept-recital which tells the story of an everyman who fought in the trenches, told through songs by composers or with words by poets who lived through the time of The Great War.

It includes songs composed by Butterworth, Farrar, Elgar, Gurney, Britten, Peel, Vaughan Williams and Ireland as well as contemporary popular songs and an original setting of John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders’ Fields” by Robert-John Edwards. Feedback from previous recitals:

“Loved it! [I] thought [it] was wonderful and very moving… it deserves a wider audience.” (Jane S, Oakham)

“… a wonderfully moving recital…” (Mr M Cunliffe-Lister, Stamford)

“A Ploughman’s Tale by @rjedwards_btone @bhamfest @BlueOrangeThtr.  Beautifully performed, evocative & atmospheric WWI piece.” (@cjharry, on Twitter)

 

For more information, please use the contact form below.

Winterreise

Rutland and Welsh Music Services are pleased to present Franz Schubert’s celebrated song-cycle to words by Wilhelm Müller as performed by British bass-baritone Robert-John Edwards and American pianist, Gina Kruger.

Robert-John and Gina have been good friends for nearly 10 years and have worked together off and on over those years; they are very excited to be able to present this seminal work of the Lieder repertoire.

For more information, please use the contact form below.

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Teaching

Robert-John is a very successful singing teacher and is based around the Stamford and Rutland area.

He qualified as a classroom teacher in 2003 and has a reputation for excellence and success. He has a 100% pass rate in examinations, with well over 70% of his students achieving a Merit or Distinction (this improves to over 95% Merit and Distinction for students doing Grade 6-8 and 100% Grade 8 success with Merit or Distinction).  In the summer of 2017, one of his students scored 90% in her DipLCM Music Theatre diploma examination. He teaches from his home in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.  Teaching usually follows ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall and/or LCM Music Theatre syllabi.  He specialises in finding the right repertoire for the right voice at the right stage of their development, always looking at the longer term view rather than for instant success.  He strongly believes in training a voice, rather than just teaching songs.  This is why his students always perform well.

RATES:

£36 per hour basic with the following guidelines on lesson lengths:

Beginners to Grade 4/5 generally 30 minutes

Grades 4-7 generally 45 minutes

Grade 6-8 generally 60 minutes

Post-Grade 8 professional training and diplomas – 90 minutes.

For quotes and availability

Contact

For bookings or any other inquiries, please use this form.