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Robert is a composer of contemporary classical music who is resident in London. A detailed biography can be seen:
plus some interesting links. If you wish to hear some of Robert's music, there are regular performances both in London and around the World.
Recent performances are list here and Future Performances here. You can also hear samples of his music online, download music in mp3 and midi format..
Robert's complete catalogue is now for sale on-line at Spherical Editions, Click here for a complete listing of all available works,
along with sample pages of music, mp3 and midi files. Robert's Facebook page is here and his SoundCloud page is here
You can buy some of Robert's music and CD's online from www.tutti.co.uk Robert's latest CD The Testament of Dr. Cranmer is now available from Divine Art
Hear Robert's motet Exaudi sung by London Concord Singers here.
Faith, Hope, Charity for violin and strings, played by the strings of the Chameleon Arts Orchestra, conductor Paul Brough. Listen to more of Robert's SoundCloud.com.
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Robert's blog Planet Hugill contains regular reviews of concerts, CD's and operas by Robert and guest posters,
along with concert previews, classical music news, interviews and feature articles on subjects as diverse as Handel opera, Bizet's Carmen and English opera in the 1950's.
On the Road
The FifteenB consort were back on the road in October 2013 at the Herne Hill Festival,
with a programme based around Palestrina's Missa tu es Petrus along with two of Robert's motets plus music by Stravinsky and Bruckner, with clarinettist Tom Bowles. The programme is entitled The Rock and The Key.
And on Friday December 7th, Alistair Dixon and La Chapelle du Roi repeated Robert's motet, Puer Natus as part of their programme Old Wine in New Bottles at St. Johns Smith Square.
WHEN A MAN KNOWS - Stage production
'chilling...disturbing' - Margaret Davies in Opera Magazine, June 2011
My new opera When a man knows received its first stage performances at the Bridewell Theatre, London EC4 from 31st March to 2nd April 2011.
The opera was directed by Ian Caddy, himself a distinguished bass-baritone, with lighting by Matt Haskins who recently work on Opera North's Turn of the Screw and who did the lighting for my first opera Garrett in 2001.
Dario Dugandzic played the man, a role he created last year at the concert performances of the work, and Zoe South sang the woman with David Roblou again conducting.
More information can be found here and extracts on YouTube here.
The opera was successfully premiered on Sunday 13th June at St. John's Church, Waterloo. FifteenB Productions gave concert a performance of the work, conducted by David Roblou.
It was given a further performance on Saturday 21st August, at 3pm at Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, Hammersmith,
as part of Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival.
The play is based on a one-act play by Alan Richardson, and I have produced the libretto based on the play. The play is a taut dramatic two-hander and the opera keeps to this format, but I have added two extra singers who form a chorus.
Read a review of the performance on the Classical Iconoclast blog Here.
Hear excerpts from the most recent FifteenB concert here.
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THOU, O CHRIST
The choir of St. Botolphs without Bishopsgate, who premiered my anthem Thou, O Christ,
will be performing the motet at 1.10pm on October 6th. The anthem sets a text by St. Symeon the new Theologian, whose feast occurs around this time.
London Concord Singers, conductor Malcolm Cottle will be premiering my cantata The Magi at their concert
on Thursday December 16th 2010 at the Grosvenor Chapel, London W1. Written for unaccompanied 8 part choir, the piece sets extracts from a sermon
preached by Lancelot Andrewes in 1622 (You can read the full sermon here). The sermon is perhaps best known as the inspiration behind T.S. Eliot's poem The Journey of the Magi, the opening lines of which are a direct
quotation from Andrewes ('A cold coming they had of it at this time of the year, just the worst time of the year to take a journey, and specially a long journey.').
The Chapelle du Roi, under their conductor Alistair Dixon, premiered my motet Videte Miraculum
at their concert at St. John's Smith Square, London, on Saturday 19th December 2009. The concert was covered by both Ivan Hewett of the Daily Telegraph web-site and Seen and Heard,
the concert was also in Mark Pappenheim's list of Top 10 concerts in The Independent.
'Robert Hugill's Videte Miraculum soared too, especially at its ending, with the three sopranos perched at a perilous altitude (to their credit, they never wavered).' - see full review at www.telegraph.co.uk
'This had a lovely opening and a simple, well considered structure, with the harmonies based in tonality but moving gradually to build up tension through dissonance. Hugill made use of parallel and contrary motion to excellent effect, and motivic sections returned to give a sense of overall coherence. He also used a wide range of textures, including unisons, octaves and polyphony in different numbers of parts. This was another well written work which deserves further performances.' - see full review at Seen and Heard
THE WOODWARD SCALE
On Thursday 15th July, 2009 at St. Michael's Church, Chester Square, Victoria, London Concord Singers, conductor Malcolm Cottle performed The Woodward Scale. This
sets Antony Woodward's amusing modern day re-write of The Beaufort Wind Scale, the text of which originally appeared in Country Life in 2002.
The concert was reviewed here
ESPSS HOUSMAN COMPETITION
My song, He Looked at Me came 3rd in the English Poetry and Song Society's Housman Competition.
The song was premiered, along with those of the other winners, at a concert at St. Mary's Church, Bathwick, Bath at 3.30pm on Sataurday 7th March 2009, to be given by tenor Gordon Pullin and pianist Jolyon Laycock.
TEMPUS PER ANNUM
Gaudete, from volume 1 of Tempus per Annum received its first liturgical performance on Sunday 15th December 2008 at Evensong at All Saints Church, Margaret Street, London.
The motet was sung by the choir of All Saints, conducted by Paul Brough. And Puer natus est nobis waspremiered by the Chapelle du Roi, conductor Alistair Dixon, at their concert at St. Johns Smith Square on Saturday 20th December 2008.
Volume 2 of Tempus per Annum is now available. This volume contains 22 motets covering Lent, Eastertide, Ascension Day, Whit Sunday and Trinity Sunday.
The motets set the texts of the Latin Introits for the day. As usual the motets are written for unaccompanied SATB choir, some motets have a limited amount of division.
6 of the motets will also be available in versions of ATBaB choir.
When complete, Tempus per Annum will consist of 72 motets covering all the Sundays and major feasts of the Church's year.
Volume 1 is already available and covers Advent and Christmastide. The four Advent motets were recorded by Paul Brough and the eight:fifteen vocal ensemble on their disc of my music on the Divine Art label.
London Concord Singers performance of Deus in Adjutorium on 10th July was reviewed by on the Seen and Heard web site.
'Robert Hugill’s Deus in adjutorium , one in a projected series of 70 motets - 35 of which have been completed so far - of settings of all the Introit texts for all the Sundays and major church festivals, used both the declamatory and the polyphonic. A solo tenor, well sung by Margaret Jackson-Roberts, one of two female tenors in the group, acting as a kind of narrator, leading the choir into a prayer to “Let my enemies be confounded…” with music that seems to be of the utmost simplicity, but is in fact well thought out and carefully designed to illuminate the words. How wonderful to hear a contemporary work where the composer actually cares about the text he is setting and writes music that is so grateful to sing. Hugill is himself a singer, and a member of this choir, so he knows how to write for the group's voices and this showed in every bar. This was my first hearing of Hugill’s music and it made me want to hear more.'
Read the full review here.
Testament of Dr. Cranmer CD
My new CD is now out on the Divine Art Label. Tenor Christopher Watson, organist Paul Ayres, the eight:fifteen vocal ensemble and the strings of the Chameleon Arts Orchestra, all
under conductor Paul Brough, perform a selection of my choral and vocal music. Earlier this year, conductor Paul Brough was announced as the new Principal Conductor of the Hanover Band.
The works included on the disc are are The Testament of Dr. Cranmer, my William Blake setting for tenor and strings, What is Man?, the Advent Motets from Tempus
per Annum, the new Magnificat, plus other motets including Nunc Dimittis. The disc also includes an arrangement of Faith, Hope and Charity for string orchestra, and a version of The Lord Bless Thee for tenor and strings.
Full details of the artists and the works recorded plus are available at Divine Art, here.
“Hugill’s style is attractive and accessible, though far from anodyne… a practical church composer of real inspiration… an original, yet highly personable voice. Tenor Christopher Watson gives poised dignity… while Simon Baggs is equally eloquent. The strings of the Chameleon Arts Orchestra provide solid support. Conductor Paul Brough oversees proceedings with a precision and restraint that suites Hugill’s pellucid texture” – William Yeoman (Classical Source)
Review on Classical Source
"[Christopher Watson's] beauty of sound appears effortless, yet he brings the impassioned moments directly to our attention with style. The eight voices of the ‘eight:fifteen’ vocal ensemble produce a radiant sound...Brough capably directs the two very different groups of musicians with considerable aplomb. This is a disc of initial unknowns, but the end result is delightful." - Will Dawes (Church Music Quarterly)
“A strong use of strings characterises this album, in the strong spiritual sense which runs through all the works. For example in Faith Hope and Charity the sublime music of the solo violin has the effect of easing troubled spirits.”- Francesca Guerrasio (ResMusica)
“Overall the music is sincere and communicative and it’s expertly performed. Several passages are searingly dramatic but there are a number of more meditative, prayerful sections. This well produced disc features committed performances from musicians who serve Robert Hugill well. The sound is excellent and the documentation, including notes by the composer, is very good” – John Quinn (MusicWeb)
“A well played performance, anyone with a hankering for getting deeper into some church oriented programs is well advised to open an ear in this direction.” - Chris Spector (Midwest Record ,USA)
“The Testament of Dr Cranmer, an interestingly made musical account of the close of Dr Cranmer's life… contains some beautifully taught harmonic pungency. The choral singers are excellent, and Christopher Watson has a most appealing tenor voice, featuring in two pieces with string orchestra. The four Latin motets from Hugill's collection Tempus per Annum, all must appeal to any church choir. The performances are excellent and the recording serves both singers and orchestra well and makes listening a pleasure.” - Patric Standford (Music & Vision)
Extracts of all the recent reviews are here
IVOR GURNEY COMPETITION
My song, To his Love, came joint second in the English Poetry and Song Society's Ivor Gurney Competition.
The song will be included in a recital to be given at 3pm on Sunday 11th Novemeber 2007 at Bristol Music Club, St. Paul's Road, Clifton.
The recital is being given by soprano Charlotte Newstead, baritone Nicolas Barlow and pianist John Marsh, and is entitled Ivor Gurney and his teachers.
It will include music by Gurney, Parry, Stanford and Vaughan-Williams as well as the winning songs from the competition. The winning song in the competition is Severn Meadows by Brian Daubney.
My song Requiem reached the shortlist and may be included in the recital.
Robert's On-line Catalogue of Music at Spherical Editions, here you can read about and buy copies of all of Robert's music.
Passion was described by Robert Matthew-Walker, from the magazine Musical Opinion, as 'An often beautiful and fascinating work'.
Click here for the full text of his review and an introduction to the work, with excerpts from the music.
The CD of Passion and the vocal score are both now available from www.tutti.co.uk.
|13th December 2012|
|London Concord Singers, Malcolm Cottle|
|7th December 2012|
|St Johns Smith Square|
|Chapelle du Roi, Alistair Dixon|
|13th October 2012|
|St Faith's Church|
Red Post Hill, London SE24
Herne Hill Festival
|Ave Maria; Salve Regina|
|27th August 2011|
|St. Botolph's Church|
|London Schubert Ensemble|
|31st March - 2nd April 2011|
|When a man knows|
conductor David Roblou
Director Ian Caddy
|6th October 2010|
|St. Botolph without Bishopsgate|
|St. Botolph's Choir|
conductor Timothy Storey
|Thou O Christ|
|15th December 2010|
South Audley St
|London Concord Singers|
conductor Malcolm Cottle
|Saturday 21st August 2010|
|When a man knows|
Part of Tete a Tete
The Opera Festival
|Sunday 13th June 2010|
|St. John's Waterloo|
|When a man knows|