Henry Herford

Vocal Tutor     

MA Hons (Cantab)
ARNCM (Teachers & Performers)(Distinction)
Diploma in Social Administration (Distinction)

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Tel: c/o 0121 331 5901

Henry Herford studied Classics and English at Cambridge and completed a one-year Diploma in Social Administration at York University as part of an initial career which included teaching and social work. He then studied singing at Royal Northern College of Music, joining the Glyndebourne Chorus from 1977-8, where his performances included solo roles on tour. Since then, Henry has pursued a varied solo career in opera, oratorio, recital, works with instrumental ensemble, radio, television and recordings. In 1998 he co-founded Abingdon Summer School for Solo Singers, which he still directs. He has undertaken teaching, masterclasses, adjudication and examinations for many of the major UK music training institutions, including Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and City University. His current teaching also includes The Oratory School, Radley College and Royal Northern College of Music.

Teaching Specialisms
  • Voice (13 years upwards)
  • French Song and Lieder

Currently performing / working with Awards & Prizes
  • Curtis Gold Medal, RNCM
  • 2nd Prize, ‘s-Hertogenbosch Recital Prize
  • Benson & Hedges Gold Award, Snape
  • 1st Prize, International American Music Competition, Carnegie Hall, New York
  • British Music Retailers’ Award (Record of the Year) for Charles Ives songs
Recent Summer Courses & Masterclasses Given Recent Recordings
  • 2003 & 2005: Private recordings of student compositions at City University
  • John Manduell: Songs of the Renaissance
  • Opera roles with Glyndebourne, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Scottish Opera etc, also in USA, France, Italy
  • Oratorio with all main UK orchestras, also in USA, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Israel, Hong Kong
  • Recitals throughout the UK, also in USA, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Austria, Spain, Italy, Israel
  • First performances of works by Havergal Brian, Benjamin Britten, Peter Dickinson, Berthold Goldschmidt, Francis Grier, John Harle, John Hopkins, John Joubert, David Matthews, Peter Maxwell Davies, Edward McGuire, Dominic Muldowney, Stephen Oliver, Nigel Osborne, Raymond Warren