Bob Little



After studying singing, as a part-time student of Gerald Davies, at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, and then at the Royal College of Music with Edgar Evans, Bob Little sang a number of tenor roles in amateur and semi-professional opera productions with such companies as Opera East, Carlos Opera, Welwyn Opera, and the St Albans Operatic Society. These roles included:

  • Ferrando (Cosi Fan Tutte)

  • Remendado (Carmen)

  • First Priest/ Man in Armour (The Magic Flute)

  • Beppe (Pagliacci)

  • Bardolph (Falstaff)

  • as well as the silent part of Dr Crabbe (Peter Grimes)

In addition, Bob sang most of the leading tenor roles in the Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire, along with Camille (The Merry Widow), Raoul (La Vie Parisienne) and Grand Duke Basil (The Count of Luxembourg).

He also auditioned twice - unsuccessfully - in the 1990s for The Royal Opera. Thankfully, opera's loss was PR's gain.

In 1983, Bob formed The Little Singers - a group which, up to 2002, gave some 200 concerts around the country, including many for the charity, Music in Hospitals.

The Little Singers made two television appearances - a concert of Christmas music, which was pre-recorded on 24th November 1996, and a shorter appearance, broadcast on 25th February 1997. Although now officially disbanded, The Little Singers re-group occasionally for special concerts.

Over the years, The Little Singers performed some 500 individual items, ranging from mediaeval to contemporary music but it was the group's original repertoire - parlour songs and ensembles, along with popular ballads of the 20th century - that proved most popular with audiences.

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Click the following links for samples of Bob's singing.


Bob Little (right) and Graham Breeze in a scene from Sullivan's one act operetta, Cox & Box. Click here to watch a video.

What the critics said - from the review of 'Cox & Box' by the representative of NODA:

'The set for Cox & Box was good, typifying a gentleman's lodgings – with two excellent performances from Graham Breeze as Cox and Robert Little as Box. The story, if anything was sillier than usual… but all given a believable air by these two gents, who had extremely good voices. They created good three-dimensional characters which blended well.'



Robert Little sang (above) the role of the sailor, Richard Dauntless, and - among other things - danced a hornpipe (below) in Putteridge Bury Gilbert & Sullivan Society's production of 'Ruddigore', in May 2011.


Carmen Choir

Bob Little (at the back, towards the centre) with members of the Carmen Choir the choir of the Worshipful Company of Carmen at the Installation Service, held in March 2011 in St Michael Paternoster Church in the City of London.

Bob Little as Colonel Fairfax

A bearded Robert Little as the imprisoned Colonel Fairfax in a scene from Putteridge Bury G&S Opera's 'The Yeomen of the Guard' in October 2010.

The official National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) ( critic commented: 'Robert Little, as (Colonel) Fairfax, sang well throughout with perfect diction and a traditional elegance that befits his character.'

A separate review by Paul Coram said: 'Colonel Fairfax was given a keenly thought through, sympathetic performance by Robert Little I look forward to seeing Robert in many more roles in future productions.'

The Gondoliers
Bob Little (top left) as Luiz in a scene from The Gondoliers, produced by Putteridge Bury G&S Opera in April 2010. With him are the Duke and Duchess of Plaza-Toro and their daughter, Casilda (bottom right).

The official National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) ( ) critic commented: 'Robert Little [Luiz]… was a good addition to the cast and played his part with aplomb.'

Iolanthe, November 2009
Bob Little, as Earl Tolloller, in scenes from Gilbert & Sullivan's comic opera, 'Iolanthe', performed by Radlett Light Opera Society in November 2009.

The official National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) ( ) critique of this production said: 'I thoroughly enjoyed this very different production with its topical humour and many unexpected happenings… DAVID MARSHALL was very good as Earl of Mountararat. His acting and vocals were strong and he interacted well with ROBERT LITTLE, who brought something extra to the role of Earl of Tolloller. Robert's vocals were excellent and he made the role more interesting than one usually expects from this character. I thought they were both well cast.'

Iolanthe, November 2009
Bob Little, as Earl Tolloller, in scenes from Gilbert & Sullivan's comic opera, 'Iolanthe', performed by Radlett Light Opera Society in November 2009.

The Little Singers
The Little Singers backstage, during their concert in Horley, Surrey, in June 2009. From left: Josephine Jenkin, Nicola Craig, Peter Jenkin, Angharad Little, John Arvon, Bob Little and John Falk.

Bob in a scene from St Albans Chamber Opera's production of 'The Italian Girl in Algiers' by Gioachino Rossini.

Bob Little
Bob Little (left) and the baritone John Arvon sing during an outdoor Music in Hospitals concert in Chiswick.

Bob Little
The Little Singers in uniform during their concert tour to commemorate the 50th anniversary of VE Day: (from left) 'Commander' Bob Little; 'Wing Commander' John Falk; 'Sub-Lieutenant' Nicola Craig, and 'Private' John Arvon.

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