Henry Herford

Tutor in French Repertoire


Email: Henry.Herford@rncm.ac.uk

Classes in performance of French repertoire: BM3, BM4, MMi, MM2, PG1, PG3

Introduction to French repertoire: BM1

Born in Edinburgh, 1947.  Read Classics & English at Cambridge

Trained at RMCM/RNCM under Patrick McGuigan & Frederic Cox: Curtis Gold Medal

Glyndebourne: Forester Cunning Little Vixen (Rattle), Sprecher Zauberflote (Haitink), Demetrius Midsummer Night’s Dream (Glover), Pasternak Electrification of Soviet Union

About 80 roles with opera companies incl. Covent Garden, Scottish Opera etc, notably Count Figaro, Guglielmo Cosi, Don Giovanni, Germont Traviata, Silvio Pagliacci, Falke Fledermaus, Smirnov The Bear

Opera Recordings: Castor et Pollux (Rameau), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten), Resurrection (Maxwell Davies), Electrification (Osborne)

Oratorio with Rattle, Menuhin, Andrew Davis, Gardiner, Willcocks, Hickox, Tilson Thomas, in Europe, the Americas & Hong Kong; twice soloist at Last Night of Proms

Recital: international awards in Britain, Holland and America;  broadcasts and recordings with Nash Ensemble, Songmakers’ Almanac, Endymion and Koenig Ensembles, Lontano, Ensemble Modern, Lindsay Quartet

1st performances of works by Britten, Havergal Brian, Raymond Warren, Stephen Oliver, Nigel Osborne, David Matthews, Peter Dickinson, Maxwell Davies etc.

Recordings: baroque opera to 20th-century English and American song, incl 2-CD set of the songs of Charles Ives (Music Retailers’ Record of the Year)

Co-Founder and co-Director of Abingdon Summer School for Solo Singers

Vocal tutor ar RNCM, RCM, Birningham Conservatoire

Current and Future Research

Preparing a catalogue of performances, broadcasts and recordings by the BBC Northern Singers 

Undergraduate Teaching

French Song and French repertoire classes: BM1, BM3, BM4

Postgraduate Teaching

French Song and French repertoire classes: MM1, MM2, PG1, PG3

Professional Activity

Performance: see Biography

External teaching: One-to-one voice teaching at RCM, Birmingham Conservatoire

                        French Song and Lieder classes at RCM

                        Performance classes at Birmingham Conservatoire