Hello to you all! My name is Robert Cross and I first started my choral journey back when I was 7/8 singing in my school choir. My music teacher at the time advised my parents that I should try out for one of the Cathedral Choirs in the UK and, at the age of 9, I joined Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire.
I went on to study Music at University (University of Surrey) where I majored in vocal performance as a Countertenor. I then spent a couple of years singing as a Lay Clerk in the, now earthquake-damaged, ChristChurch Cathedral, New Zealand. It was a fantastic experience out there and gave me the opportunity to perform in Wellington, Auckland and Australia.
When I returned to England, I started singing as a “deputy lay clark” and performing at St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula in the Tower of London, Winchester Cathedral and Rochester Cathedral.
It was also at this time that I started directing choirs. I set up two in North London; Cantate Jubilate (now The Crouch End Singers) and The Hearthside Singers. I also had a group, The Robert Cross Choir, that was put together for specific events/projects; independent film soundtracks, an iPhone game for Sony Music and a performance at the London 2012 Olympics.
The latter group still continues with various projects but most of my choral time is spent with two other groups; Newmarket Community Choir and VOCA.
Over the last 23 years I’ve been lucky enough to learn from and perform with some amazing musicians. This has helped me gain so many great bits of knowledge that I can pass onto my choral groups and singing pupils. This blog is just here for my choral observations and tips …