Richard Bannan is Musical Director of Petros Singers, a Lay-Clerk of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, and Head of Singing at King’s College School, Wimbledon as well as pursuing a career as a soloist and consort singer. He began singing at an early age as a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral, before reading music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he was a Choral Scholar.
During his time at Cambridge, Richard formed his own chamber choir to perform a variety of works such as Parry’s Songs of Farewell and Richard Strauss’ Der Abend.
Since then he has held conducting positions at the Yehudi Menuhin School, where he notably conducted a programme of works by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies in front of the composer, as well as working with the Eton Choral Courses, Reading Phoenix Choir, Rodolfus Choir, Bloxham School Chapel Choir, the Chamber Choir of the Pilgrim’s School, Winchester, the Polish National Youth Choir and the Baroque Week Summer School.
He was Musical Director of the Yateley Choral Society from 2012-2016, with whom he conducted performances of the Bach and Chilcott St John Passions, the Brahms, Faure, Duruflé and Rutter Requiems, mass settings by Haydn, Rossini and Jenkins, as well as the world premiere of Graham Ross’ An Imperial Elegy, which was written especially for the society.
He has been Musical Director of Petros Singers since January 2016 with whom he has conducted Handel’s Belshazzar and Britten’s Ceremony of Carols as well as a number of smaller scale works. In addition, he has directed projects with the Gabrieli Consort, including performances of Handel’s Coronation Anthems at Hampton Court Palace and a madrigal recital at the Dartington International Summer School.
Recent solo performances have included his first Sea Symphony (Vaughan Williams) alongside performances of Haydn’s Creation, Ian Aserssohn’s new oratorio Dies Irae, Israel in Egypt (Handel) and Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers.
He is delighted to have been appointed Musical Director of Woking Choral Society and is excited to begin work in April.