Robert Hollingworth
Anniversary Reader



Robert Hollingworth was a chorister at Hereford Cathedral for five years, set up his first solo-voice ensemble at the age of sixteen and read music at New College Oxford.  There in 1986, he founded I Fagiolini which he has directed ever since, giving concerts throughout the world and becoming the only vocal ensemble specialising in early music ever to win the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Ensemble Award. I Fagiolini has gained a unique reputation for innovative productions such as The Full Monteverdi (at the Lincoln Center New York before transferring to film), Tallis in Wonderland, the South African collaboration Simunye, and in 2012 How Like An Angel in UK cathedrals with the Australian contemporary circus company, Circa.  The group has made 19 CDs including many world premieres, most recently ‘1612 – Italian Vespers’ on Decca and Striggio’s 40-part mass which sold 25,000 copies and won early music CD of the year in both Gramophone and Diapason (France).
As a freelancer, he has directed the English Concert, Academy of Ancient Music and the BBC Concert Orchestra; amongst European choirs, Accentus (France), NDR Chor (Germany), National Chamber Choir of Ireland and he’s a regular with the BBC Singers.  He has directed I Fagiolini at the BBC Proms Chamber Music several times and for the first time this summer at the main Albert Hall Proms.  He writes and presents programmes for Radio 3 including The Early Music Show and Discovering Music.

Departmental roles

  • Performance Supervisors' Committee
  • Director, The 24

photo: Danny Higgins

Contact details

Robert Hollingworth
Anniversary Reader
Department of Music
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 4342

External links


Full publications list

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