The English bass-baritone, Robert Macdonald, began his singing career at an early age as a chorister at Hereford Cathedral where he not only developed a love of the Anglican choral repertoire, but also through participation in the Three Choirs Festival, an appreciation of the broader orchestral and oratorio genres. From Hereford, he took up a choral scholarship at Christ Church, Oxford where he read Biochemistry and Music.
After a brief period of study at the Royal Academy of Music, Robert Macdonald has rapidly developed a busy and versatile career as both a soloist and as a consort singer. In the latter capacity he regularly sings with most of the major period ensembles of this country, including The Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen, The King's Consort and The Gabrieli Consort, while he is a full time member of both The Cardinall's Musick and of The Clerks' Group.
As a soloist Robert Macdonald encompasses most of the core oratorio repertory and has sung with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Symphony Hall, Birmingham; with the Monteverdi Choir and The English Baroque soloists conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and with the choir of St Paul's Cathedral. Future plans include his first Commendatore, and a performance of J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) conducted by Sir David Willcocks.
Robert Macdonald currently studies with Nicholas Powell.