Oliver graduated in music from Durham and won a scholarship to study at the RCM. He studied with Ryland Davies and teaches at Eton College, Chetham’s School of Music, and at Arts Educational, London. He was Director of Music at St Augustine’s, Kensington for 12 years.
His busy operatic career as principal tenor has included his acclaimed West End debut with the D’Oyly Carte at The Savoy Theatre (The Yeomen of the Guard), Carl Rosa (touring the US, Canada and UK), Opera Holland Park, Raymond Gubbay, Armonico Consort, National G&S Opera Company and Opera Della Luna. His roles include the title role in Offenbach’s Robinson Crusoe, Basilio and Curzio (Le nozze di Figaro), Pluto and Mercury (Orpheus in the Underworld), Bobinet (La Vie Parisienne) and he regularly performs the tenor leads in the Savoy Operas of Gilbert and Sullivan.
His concerts include solo appearances with John Wilson, Richard Hickox, and David Hill, regular performances at all the major concert halls and cathedrals in the UK and Ireland, soloist with the Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He has broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Friday Night is Music Night on BBC Radio 2, Classic FM and ITV, recorded for Chandos and has appeared in the Sky Arts series of A Motley Pair.
Concert repertoire includes the Bach Evangelists, Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Britten’s St Nicolas, Rossini’s Petite messe solemnelle, Finzi’s For St Cecilia, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, and Verdi’s Requiem.