Pleasures for 2 sopranos and bass viol, based on a poem by Brecht
Jugend-Bildnis meines Vaters (poem by Rilke) for alto, clarinet and 3 viols
Seek him that maketh the seven stars (the Book of Amos) for 2 sopranos, alto and Ensemble
Midnight (poem by Sally Morris) for alto and solo oboe
Mid Autumn Festival (Chinese calligraphy text) for soprano, alto, flute and clarinet
What am I to do with Bradshaw`s Windmill? For S A T B Chorus
Three Shakespeare Songs from “The Tempest” for bass solo
The Old Lie (Wilfrid Owen Suite) for flute, clarinet and viols. The 4 movements are based on lino cut images by Dr Denis May.
As it happened- Air for solo violin
Between the Lines- 5 Songs to poems by Kate Behrens for soprano and 3 viols
Set me as a seal on your heart for SATB choir (2020)
From Rock to Early Music:
Robert studied music at Goldsmiths College in London and has been interested in many different types of music: from that of John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Michael Nyman to Erik Satie.
This interest in Experimental Music lead him to form a rock band to perform his own songs and compositions: "The Flying Testes Brothers" who enjoyed a brief period of notoriety in London in the 1980’s.
Robert has also been involved with Experimental Theatre and Performance Artists. In the late 1980’s he became interested in Early Music and its connections with the Experimental Music tradition, forming "The Dunstable Doysters" who performed music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and original compositions in Churches and Cathedrals.
Moving to Brighton, a new ensemble emerged "The Pastores Ensemble" which, with a changing line-up has continued to perform Early Music including Robert’s original compositions.
Together with these performing activities, Robert taught for over 30 years and now divides his time between lecturing to Adults, performing and composing. Recent work has involved collaborating with a puppeteer and performances with Sculpted Sound in Guildford Cathedral and Redchurch Gallery, London.
Hopes and Aspirations
Over the next few years I intend to continue composing and linking with different art forms: dance, theatre, film, and extend my passion for “words and music”. The opportunity to work on Lorca and Rilke texts is a great ambition (some settings are already gathering dust in my archives!). With a wide range of musical tastes (from Early Music to Cage and Johnny Cash), lurking in my mind are a whole variety of idioms that I can call on when something inspires me (consciously or otherwise). I don’t like obvious pastiche, but sometimes it comes out like that. I look forward to any commissions out there in cyberspace!
One thing I particularly want to do is to write for orchestral and mainstream instruments. I love playing viols and writing for them, but to write for something different would be great and help me to be heard more widely. Having said that, a Music Theatre piece for voices and viols is an idea I’d like to pursue.
Most composers eventually would like to write a full-scale opera and so would I. It would bring all my different interests in the Arts together.