Trevor was born and raised in Sussex. His love for singing developed at a very early age singing in his local church choir and taking part in various school productions and concerts. Whilst training and working as a Graphic Artist in Brighton he studied singing with Soo Bee Lee and joined the Brighton Theatre Group, performing Lun Tha (The King and I), Mordred (Camelot), Motel (Fiddler on the Roof) and Barnaby (Hello Dolly) at the Brighton Theatre Royal. He won many cups in local festivals before continuing his vocal studies with David Pollard at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Whilst at college he sang with the Dumas Trio and was a member of the Stuart Headlam Players playing: The Vicar in Alan Ayckbourn’s Gosforth’s Fate and Adrian in The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Societies Production of Macbeth. He was awarded the Lieder Prize at the Guildhall and also won a bursary to continue his studies there on the Opera Course. He did his first commercial pantomime as The Emperor of China in Aladdin at The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill and on graduating from the Guildhall toured the country in Ivor Novello’s Kings Rhapsody as a Serenader. He also toured in Ken Hill’s Happy as a Sandbag for the Arc Theatre Company, was in Beauty and the Beast at The Players' Theatre and Alderman Fitzwarren and The Sultan in Dick Whittington at The Plowright Theatre, Scunthorpe. He toured in the RSC and Opera North award winning production of Show Boat culminating in a season at The London Palladium.
During his early career he worked as a chorister at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and was in The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance for The New D’Oyly Carte. He was part of the team for Educational Workshops for The Royal Opera, Opera Exclusive and Dorset Opera. He sang Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) for Blackheath Opera, Dancairo (Carmen) for Opera Exclusive, Cavaliere di Belfiore (Un Giorno di Regno) for Aquarian Opera, Nottingham (Roberto Devereux - in a bicentenary celebration of Donizetti’s birth), Renato (Un Ballo in Maschera) for Capital Opera, Captain Corcoran (HMS Pinafore) for Kentish Opera, Noye (Noye's Fludde) a community project in Putney, appeared in The Magic of Lehar for Court Opera and sang in Trouble in Tahiti and Ben (The Telephone) for JCM Productions for whom he also appeared in a tour of Tomfoolery including performances at the Chichester and Cheltenham Festivals.
He toured with Crystal Clear Opera, Central Festival Opera and European Chamber Opera singing Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Marcello (La Bohème) and Germont Père (La Traviata) including a Royal Gala in London, and went to Barbados to sing Angelotti/Sciaronne (Tosca) directed by Christopher Biggins at the Holder’s Opera season. For Riverside Opera he sang Dulcamara (L'elisir d'amore) and Marcello (La Bohème) and for Midsummer Opera Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Lord Enrico Ashton (Lucia de Lammermoor), Rodrigo (Don Carlo), Michele (Il Tabarro) and Ping (Turandot) Jack Rance (La Fanciulla del West) as well as an extensive series of concerts for its sister company Sounds Lyrical. He also sang Albert (Werther) in a partnership with Midsummer Opera and the WEM festival in Provence, France where he returned to sing Hughes a role especially written for him by Simon Milton, in the world première of Sorbet! Sorbet! at WEM07 Festival.
His other operatic roles have included Lescaut (Manon) and Haudy
L'elisir d'amore with Valda Wilson
(Die Soldaten) for English National Opera (covers), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) in two Gala performances with Rosalind Plowright as Cio Cio San at Beaulieu Abbey, Dr Bartolo (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) and Angelotti/Sciaronne (Tosca) for Opera and Concert Productions Ltd in the Middle and Far East where he also sang in a Presidential Gala in Kuala Lumpur and a command performance for the Thai Royal family in Bangkok.
He toured the world on the P&O cruise liners Oriana and Aurora singing Germont Père (La Traviata), Escamillo (Carmen), Danillo (The Merry Widow) and Ko Ko (The Mikado) as well as a variety of concerts.
Following this successful cruise he set up Classical Encounters with soprano Sally-Ann Shepherson with the view to performing some of the long forgotten, wonderful melodies of the past.
Equally at home on the concert platform, Trevor’s repertoire is varied and extensive. Along with his accompanist Peter Crockford, Trevor has recently presented a series of English Song recitals at the CMP Festival, Brighton and at various venues in London. He is at present preparing repertoire to record a CD of English Song.
In recent months Trevor has sung Barnaba (La Gioconda) for Midsummer Opera, and appeared in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Don Carlo at The Royal Opera House. His future work includes Escamillo with the Lambeth Orchestra, An Evening in Vienna with the Maidstone Choral Union and Danilo (The Merry Widow) and Ko Ko (The Mikado) for Classical Encounters.
In 2006 he created the role of George Bateson in the Community Opera Promised Land, written by Mark Dougherty and Michael Erwin which opened the Canterbury Festival at the Marlowe Theatre and returned there the following year to work with the newly formed Really Promising Company, singing his first travesty role, Agnes Leadbetter (Kentish Tales) - another role especially written for him by Mark Dougherty and Sid Ralph. He returned to work with the RPC as The Chairman and Mayor Sapsea in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and presented highlights from Promised Land and scenes from a new piece, written
by Mark Dougherty and Michael Erwin - Castle Rackrent, singing four
of the main roles - all for the Canterbury Festival.
© Gary McCann