Robert Alderson

ARCM LGSM (Teacher and Performer) DipEdMus (Manchester)
Hon Dr Culture and Art Russian State Federation

Robert Alderson studied singing at the RNCM with the late Frederic Cox. On leaving College, he joined Scottish Opera for three years after which he returned to Manchester to study for his PGCE in Secondary Education which he gained with distinction. Within a years of qualifying, he was promoted to Head of Music in a large comprehensive school. Many of his pupils went on to study singing at some of Britain's major conservatoires. Several of these young singers have since joined some of the most important opera houses worldwide.

Robert joined the teaching staff at the RNCM in 1986, and during his years there (1986-2010) as a senior lecturer he produced some of the most important young singers now enjoying successful solo careers singing in prestigious venues including the Royal Opera House, The Metropolitan Opera, La Scala Milan, ENO.

Robert is much in demand as a singing teacher and has a highly regarded international profile with singers travelling to work regularly with him from Poland, Belgium, Switzerland as well established English based singers.

Robert was vocal consultant for setting up the Flanders Opera Studio in Ghent and until recently held an adjunct professional chair at the Royal Flemish Conservatoire. He is still an adjunt Professor in the Conservatory in Krasnodar Russia where he has been honoured with a Doctor of Culture and Arts by Russian State Federation after a series of masterclasses in the Conservertoire of Krasnodar and the Tchaikovsky Conservertoire in Moscow.

In 2002 he gave classes in Australia at The National Institute of the Arts, this led to an invitation for him to work with the young singers at WAPPA in New Zealand. His international career takes him to Cairo where he works with both singing teachers and their students in the Faculty of Music Education Cairo and in 2010 he was a member of the board at the First International Conference of Music and the Performing Arts hosted in Cairo. When in Cairo he works with the young artists in the Cairo opera house. He has recently been invited to give classes in the vocal department of the university of Connecticut.

Students have progressed to Opera Companies including The Royal Opera and Glyndebourne and some have been awarded scholarships for Post Graduate Studies abroad e.g. at the Royal Academy in London and the Royal Northern College in Manchester.