The Music of Robert Hugill


Recent Performances

Buy Robert's music at

Robert's Tempus per Annum motets at CPDL

Robert's music on SoundCloud

Robert's on-line catalogue

Planet Hugill blog

buy the recording

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

Visit Planet Hugill

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.

He Looked at Me
Robert's setting of AE Housman's poem He Looked at Me will 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 setting of the Latin Introit for the First Sunday in Lent, Invocabit me will 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. The motet is 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 The Advent Prose was premiered by Alistair Dixon and the Chapelle du Roi 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. And a 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.

Also Harmonia Sacra and Peter Leech included 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.

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

26th February 2015
St Botolph without Bishopgate
He Looked at Me
Andrew Brown
Gavin Roberts
22nd February 2015
Chapel Royal
Hampton Court
Invocabit me
Amaryllis Consort
Francis Brett
18th December 2014
St Botolph without Bishopgate
Faith, Hope, Charity
Corinne Morris
London Concord Singers
Malcolm Cottle
6th December 2014
St Johns Smith Square
Advent Prose
Chapelle du Roi, Alistair Dixon
30th November 2014
Church of St Thomas the Martyr
Populos Sion
Harmonia Sacra, Peter Leech
email Robert
"You are a fresh and original composer and deserve all possible encouragement",Malcolm Williamson late Master of the Queen's Music