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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 listed here. You can also hear samples of his music online at Robert's music and recordings are for sale on-line at, and Robert's motets from his collection Tempus per Annum are being made available on CPDL. Robert is on Facebook. Robert's 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

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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.

The Choir of St John's Church, Fulham, directed by Ben Woodward, performed my motet Dilexisti Justitiam on 10 January 2016 (the Sunday after Epiphany), the motet sets the introit for the First Sunday after Epiphany (The Baptism of Christ). Ben Woodward and St John's choir gave the premiere of Resurrexit, one of the Easter motets from Tempus per Annum, last year and the motet is getting a further outing when London Concord Singers, conductor Jessica Norton, will be performing it as part of their Easter concert on 23 March 2016 at the Church of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate. Tempus per Annum consists of 70 motets for the church's year and all are available for download from CPDL.

Robert's third opera The Genesis of Frankenstein was premiered on October 28 and 29, conducted by Noah Mosley and directed by Ella Marchment, as part of the Helios Collective's Toi, Toi, Toi an evening of new music theatre at CLF Art Cafe, at wonderful arts space created from a 120 year old warehouse in Peckham (133 Rye Lane, SE15 5ST).

The opera is a chamber piece lasting 20 or so minutes, with a text which I have adapted from Mary Shelley's novel. Written for three singers and four instrumentalists it uses Frankensteinís own words to examine the genesis of his obsession with creating a new human life and his subsequent revulsion from the monster. Opening with the dramatic moment when the monster comes alive, the work then traces the path of the obsession ending with the monsterís own poignant words. The three voices play different aspects of Frankensteinís psyche and interact, coming together to narrate and to form the voice of the monster.

Robert's new setting of Ruth Padel's poem Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth was premiered on Friday 3 July 2015 at a concert at the church of St Vedast alias Foster, 4 Foster Lane, London EC2V 6HH. Set for unaccompanied choir, the piece was performed by Alistair Dixon and Chapelle du Roi as part of a programme including Mundy's Vox Patris Coelestis and music by Byrd, de Monte and Tallis. There will also be music from the Middle East (including a real Oud) with voice, Arabic reed flute and lute, with Kalia (nay, voice) and Nikos Ziarkas (oud). Alistair Dixon and the Chapelle du Roi recently premiered Robert's setting of The Advent Prose as part of their New Lamps for Old concert at St John's Smith Square, London on Saturday 6 December 2014, a programme which explores the links between 16th century composers and present day English composers.

Further information on Learning to Make and Oud in Nazareth from the Poster

Another new version of Faith, Hope and Charity was premiered by violinist Rupert Marshall-Luck and organist Duncan Honeybourne at All Saintsí Church, 1 Portland Road, Wyke Regis, Weymouth, DT4 9ES on Wednesday 6 May 2015, in a programme which included Richard Pantcheff's Sonata for Violin and Organ and music by Howells, Vaughan Williams, Darke, Bach and Tovey (Further information from Rupert Marshall-Luck's website. This is the second instrumental version of the work to be premiered recently. Robert's new arrangement of Faith, Hope and Charity for solo cello and choir was performed by cellist Corinne Morris, for whom the arrangement was made, with London Concord Singers, conductor Matthew Collins, at a concert on Thursday 18 December 2014 at St Botolph's without Bishopsgate, London.
Robert's setting of Resurrexi, the Latin Introit for Easter Sunday will be performed by Ben Woodward on Saturday 4 April 2015, and the choir of St John's Church Fulham, as part of their 8.30pm Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter.

The Antiphon for Maundy Thursday Nos autem gloriari was performed by Tim Byram-Wigfield and the choir of All Saints, Margaret Street as part of the 6pm Sequence of Readings and MusicIntroit for the First Sunday in Lent, Invocabit me was be performed by Francis Brett and the Amaryllis Consort, on Sunday 22 February 2015 at 1pm, at the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace in programme of music for Lent. Harmonia Sacra and Peter Leech included the Advent Introit Populos Sion in their Advent Concert at St Thomas the Martyr in Bristol on 30 November 2014, and the group plans to include Populos Sion on their forthcoming CD.

The motets are from Robert's collection of introits for the church's year, Tempus per Annum which he is releasing for free-download on CPDL.
Robert's setting of AE Housman's poem He Looked at Me was be performed by tenor Andrew Brown and pianist Gavin Roberts as part of Song in the City's lunchtime concert on February 26 2015 in the hall at St Botolph without Bishopsgate. The concert, Glitter and be Gay is one of a series celebrating LGBT History Month.

Robert's full catalogue is available on this site, whilst more of Robert's catalogue and recordings is now available for sale on, whilst the motets from Robert's collection Tempus per Annum are being made available free on CPDL. All the completed motets are currently available (nearly 60) on CPDL, and all the motets from the collection (72 in all) will be available for free download.

Robert's song, For David on his Birthday came 4th in the English Poetry and Song Society's Diamond Songs Competition. The song was premiered, along with those of the other winners, at a concert at the Colston Halls, Bristol in October 2013 given by Sarah Leonard (soprano) and Stephen Varcoe (baritone) with Nigel Foster (piano).

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 TÍte ŗ TÍte: 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. And you can hear more of Robert's work on Sound Cloud.

8 Dec 2016
Priory Church of St John
Dominus illuminatio mea
London Concord Singer
Jessica Norton
23 March 2016
Church of St Botolph
without Bishopsgate
London Concord Singer
Jessica Norton
10 January 2016
Church of St John
Dilexisti Justitiam
Choir of St John's
Ben Woodward
29 November 2015
Church of St Thomas the Martyr
Populos Sion
Harmonia Sacra, Peter Leech
28,29 October 2015
CLF Art Cafe
The Genesis of Frankenstein
Helios Collective
3 July 2015
St Vedast-alias-Foster
Foster Lane
Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth
Chapelle du Roi
Alistair Dixon
6 May 2015
All Saints' Church
Wyke Regis
Faith, Hope and Charity
Rupert Marshall-Luck
Duncan Honeybourne
4 April 2015
St John's Church
Choir of St John's Church
Ben Woodward
22 March 2015
All Saints
Margaret Street
Nos autem gloriari
Choir of All Saints
Tim Byram Wigfield
26 February 2015
St Botolph without Bishopgate
He Looked at Me
Andrew Brown
Gavin Roberts
22 February 2015
Chapel Royal
Hampton Court
Invocabit me
Amaryllis Consort
Francis Brett
18 December 2014
St Botolph without Bishopgate
Faith, Hope, Charity
Corinne Morris
London Concord Singers
Matthew Collins
6 December 2014
St Johns Smith Square
Advent Prose
Chapelle du Roi, Alistair Dixon
30 November 2014
Church of St Thomas the Martyr
Populos Sion
Harmonia Sacra, Peter Leech
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"You are a fresh and original composer and deserve all possible encouragement",Malcolm Williamson late Master of the Queen's Music