Robert Hollingworth
Anniversary Reader



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 & Drama. In place of a conventional academic career he has spent 30 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. More (including films) at

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 and in 2017 gave another BBC Prom and a debut at the Edinburgh International Festival.

As a freelancer conductor, Robert 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 BBC Singers. He shortly works for the first time with RIAS Kammerchor Berlin. He writes and presents programmes for Radio 3 including The Early Music Show and Discovering Music and now also Classic FM.

Departmental roles

  • Performance Supervisors' Committee
  • Director, The 24
  • Chair of Undergraduate Examining
  • Careers Officer
  • Library Liaison
  • Research Seminar Organiser

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.