Robin Morton is a tenor and composer from Sheffield, and for the last six years a Lay Vicar at Lichfield Cathedral. He has a varied freelance career as a consort singer and soloist, having appeared with Ex Cathedra, Sarum Voices, Via Nova Vocal Ensemble, Glevum Consort and many other vocal groups. Oratorio and concert work as a soloist includes Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, and Leighton’s Crucifixus Pro Nobis with the Birmingham Bach Choir under Paul Spicer.
Robin was a choral scholar at Sheffield Cathedral and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and a regular member of Ely Cathedral’s extended choir, before moving to the midlands. Delivering choral workshops for children during his years in Lichfield, his music education work is nationally recognised, with outreach project Music Share winning the 2019 TES Award for best independent-state school partnership.
As a composer his eclectic body of work often focuses on the intersections of vocal modes, weaving textures of speech and singing and everything in between. In 2019 he presented his 30- minute song cycle Prayers from the Ark at the Sheffield Classical Music Weekend.
Robin’s undergraduate background in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Studies has found its way into his work as a musician, with a setting of the Old English poem Judith performed in Gloucester Cathedral, and a choral sequence setting fragments of the Vindolanda tablets in development. He has also been employed by the BBC Singers as a pronunciation coach for obscure dead languages.