Alistair Bamford (bass baritone) has sung with the Royal Opera, ENO, the BBC Singers, London Voices and many other ensembles in the UK and abroad (most recently China). He performs frequently in oratorio and recitals, with current projects including recordings of forgotten settings of James Joyce, and English baroque song, and has specialised in contemporary music. He sang in the first performance of Stockhausen's Mittwoch aus Licht and has broadcast solo recitals in France, Ireland, Spain and Holland. Using electric violin and occasionally piano as well as voice, he has a trio with flute and dancer.
His first teacher was the legendary Esther Salaman and he has since studied at the Guildhall School of Music and with Glenville Hargreaves and Paul Farrington. His approach to teaching therefore embraces both classical bel canto and the research embodied in the Jo Estill Method. This is integrated with a rigour and understanding derived from a previous career in academic publishing, notably for the British Library Sound Archive, alongside two decades of improvisation-based music-making as an animateur, notably as co-founder of Music for Life and with English National Ballet. He has taught at Canterbury Christchurch since 2008, is consultant to Canterbury Cantata Trust, sings occasionally as a lay clerk at Canterbury and Rochester Cathedrals, and is currently conducting research for the BBC Choir of the Year competition.