Robert Rice was a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge and continued his singing studies under Mark Wildman at London’s Royal Academy of Music. He has enjoyed a varied career in concerts and on the stage and increasingly devotes his time to teaching the next generation of singers. With broad musical interests, he is particularly known for performing works of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This has led to premieres of works by Judith Bingham, Nigel Osborne, Paul Drayton and many others. He enjoys giving recitals, and last season joined pianist Elizabeth Mucha to give a programme of romantic and recent English Song for Late Music in York. His recent solo concert engagements include singing Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Lauda Sion, and Christus in Bach’s St John Passion.
When not performing, he leads workshops, adjudicates, and teaches widely, including for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain; on the Rodolfus Foundation Choral Courses; for King’s College, London; for several colleges of Cambridge University; and at Lincoln Cathedral. Novello & Co. Ltd have published many of his vocal arrangements, while others are sung worldwide, and have been recorded, by the King’s Singers. His nickname, Berty, has confused countless acquaintances. He often tries to arrange his singing engagements around skiing trips to the Alps, although well aware that it should be the other way around.