Robert Macdonald

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Macdonald

Robert Macdonald began his professional musical career at an early age as a Chorister at Hereford Cathedral. From there he went on to be a Choral Scholar at Christ Church, Oxford where he read a rare combination of Biochemistry & Music.

After a brief period at The Royal Academy of Music, (where he studied with Mark Wildman) Robert has gone on to develop a diverse career as both a Consort Singer & a Concert Artist. In the former capacity he is a regular member not only of Alamire but also of The Cardinall's Musick, (also founded by David Skinner in partnership with Andrew Carwood), The Tallis Scholars & The Sixteen. He is also a frequent guest with The Hilliard Ensemble & The King's Consort. As a soloist Robert has sung for Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Raymond Leppard, Christopher Robinson, Nicholas Kramer & David Hill among others & has sung in such diverse venues as the Basilica of San Marco in Venice, Birmingham's Symphony Hall, The Royal Festival Hall & Sydney Opera House.

Operatically Robert has sung the roles of Sarastro, (Die Zauberflote), Commendatore, (Don Giovanni), Il Tempo, (Monteverdi's Il Ritorno di Ullisse) & The Abbot, (Britten's Curlew River).

He also holds the singular distinction of having been employed at one time or another by all three of London's major choral foundations & is currently a Lay Vicar of Westminster Abbey.

Robert lives in west London with his wife, the Soprano Rebecca Outram, & their young son.