Kit Hobkirk was born in Henley-On-Thames and received his early musical education at St. Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh, becoming the Head Chorister and then Cathedral Organ Scholar. He studied singing at the RSAMD in Glasgow and was a Foundation Scholar at the RCM in London with Neil Mackie. He has sung as a soloist with chamber orchestras throughout Europe and performed with renowned conductors including Georg Solti, Riccardo Chailly, Bernard Haitink and Simon Rattle, specialising in the works of Bach and Britten, particularly the Serenade for Tenor Horn and Strings. He has performed Evangelist roles in Passions by Bach, Handel, Telemann and Schutz in Norway, the Netherlands, Germany and throughout Britain. His operatic roles have included all the leading tenor roles in Britten’s Church Parables, Ferrando, Cecco and he has created several roles in new works. As well as appearing at many of the major European concert venues, he has appeared at many festivals including Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Salzburg and the Dublin Handel Festival. During his singing career he has performed and braodcast many times in Italy, uncluding performances with RAI in Turin, BBC Singers at La Scala Milan under Pierre Boulez and the Ravenna Festival. He is an experienced performer of contemporary works including works by Pierre Boulez at IRCAM, György Kurtàg, John Tavener and Brian Ferneyhough for BBC Radio 3 with the London Sinfonietta, Hans Werner Henze, as a principal in a broadcast performance of Der Prinz von Homburg with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and several performances of The Raft of the Medusa with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and CBSO, Carl Rȕtti as a soloist on a commercial CD recording of his works, Alfred Schnittke and Luigi Nono in the BBC Proms, and Luciano Berio’s Coro throughout Europe with BBCSO and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
Kit took over as Musical Director of Laudamus in February 2013 and has been Choral Director of Port Regis since September 2010, developing the Schola Cantorum into a collegiate style choir. He has taught singing at the Godolphin School in Salisbury and Bradfield College in Reading since 1998.
As well as his school teaching, he is a Lay Vicar in the Cathedral Choir in Salisbury, has been Tenor Coach for the National Youth Choir of Scotland since its foundation in 1995 and has also conducted Winterbourne Opera, which gives opportunities to young professional singers and students to perform operas in innovative performing spaces.