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Robert Hollingworth
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Robert Hollingworth was a chorister at Hereford Cathedral, set up his first solo-voice ensemble at the age of 16 and read music at New College, Oxford, followed by a year at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In place of a conventional academic career he has spent 40 years directing vocal groups, notably I Fagiolini, which he founded at university in 1986. The group has a unique reputation for innovative and creative productions such as 'The Full Monteverdi' (Lincoln Center New York before transferring to film), 'Tallis in Wonderland', the South African collaboration 'Simunye', the Circus piece 'How Like An Angel' (in UK cathedrals with the Australian company, Circa) and the Gesualdo project 'Betrayal - A polyphonic crime drama'.

Nearly 30 CDs and DVDs have included first recordings of works and collections by Byrd, Croce, Tomkins, Andrea Gabrieli and more. Recent releases include the multi-award winning Striggio 40-part mass, 'Amuse-Bouche' (French 20th century music including premiers of Francaix and Milhaud), 'Martin Peerson - Grave Chamber Music' and in 2017 'Monteverdi - The Other Vespers' which also featured the music department's choir, The 24. In 2019 the group released 'Leonardo - Shaping the Invisible' with Professor Martin Kemp to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Da Vinci's death. More (including films) available at I Fagiolini's website

Winning the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Ensemble Award, Gramophone Awards and the Diapason D'Or de l'Annee, the group is 'In Association' at the University of York Music Department where, as well as teaching Undergraduate projects, Robert runs the MA in solo-voice ensemble singing.

As a freelancer conductor, Robert has directed the English Concert, Academy of Ancient Music and the BBC Concert Orchestra; among European choirs, Accentus (France), NDR Chor and RIAS Kammerchor (Germany), National Chamber Choir of Ireland, Voces8, BBC Singers and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. He has writes and presents programmes for Radio 3 including The Early Music Show and Discovering Music. During lockdown, he created and presented a new youtube series for choral music enthusiasts called

He is the newly appointed director of Stour Music, taking over after 65 years from Alfred and Mark Deller. 

He founded and presents the UK's top choral music podcast 'Choral Chihuahua' with Eamonn Dougan and Nicholas Mulroy.

Departmental roles

  • Performance Supervisors' Committee
  • Conductor - The 24
  • Conductor - University Choir

Photo: Danny Higgins

Contact details

Robert Hollingworth
School of Arts and Creative Technologies
University of York
YO10 5GB

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 4342

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Full publications list

View Robert Hollingworth's full publications list on the York Research Database.