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Ashley Riches, Bass

Ashley Riches read English at Cambridge University, where he was a member of King's College Choir. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden from 2012-14.

Already well established on the concert platform,  Ashley's appearances include the UK premiere of Shostakovich Orango (Philharmonia Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen), Messiah in Birmingham Symphony Hall and with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Mass in B Minor with Arcangelo at Flanders Festival, Beethoven Missa Solemnis with Sir Roger Norrington,  Handel L’Allegro and Mozart Requiem with the Gabrieli Consort,  Britten's War Requiem with Novaya Opera Moscow and in Cadogan Hall, and Bach Cantatas with the AAM at the Wigmore Hall. Most recently he made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic as Creon Oedipus Rex with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and joined the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra for an extensive European tour of Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Ashley also took part in the world premiere of John Powell's Prussian Requiem with the Philharmonia Orchestra, sang Pollux Castor and Pollux with Christian Curnyn at St John's Smith Square, Bach's Weinachtsoratorium with the AAM and The Kingdom at the Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester.

Highlights in the 2016/17 season include a return to English National Opera as the Pirate King The Pirates of Penzance, Purcell's The Fairy Queen with the AAM, Apollo e Dafne with the Pannon Philharmonic in Hungary, Israel in Egypt with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Christmas Oratorio on tour with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

March 2017

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