Richard Pollock was awarded a distinction in vocal performance and opera from the Royal Northern College of Music as a pupil of Patrick McGuigan. Specialising in solo oratorio and recital, he has sung in cathedrals and major concert halls across the country, including the Bridgewater Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall. He has received particular praise for his interpretation of the Evangelist in Bach’s Passions and Christmas Oratorio, as Britten’s Saint Nicolas, Elgar’s Gerontius and a variety of Handel’s Heroes. Richard is the headmaster of Cransley School in Cheshire, and somehow finds time to be a husband, sailor, cook, choral conductor and singing teacher, charity-cyclist, rugby-watcher, and F1 fan, although his three young children rightly dominate whatever spare time he finds. His score of today’s ‘Hymn of Praise’ is autographed by the great Sir Bryn Terfyl, whom he met at Manchester airport whilst travelling to the Isle of Man. Sir Bryn was returning from singing Wotan at the New York Metropolitan Opera.