Photograph (c) Sebastian Lister
Born in Scunthorpe in 1991, Robert began playing the piano aged twelve and had passed his piano Grade Eight within five years. While at school he staged two musical revues and played piano in the North Lincolnshire Junior Swing Band who won Silver in the National Junior Swing Band competition at the Sage Gateshead and with whom he toured Bavaria.
In his teens he worked as musical director for local choirs and was the conductor of Barrow Silver Band.
He elected to study English at university, believing a Music degree would damage his opportunities for gainful employment.
He now works solely as a composer and conductor and lives in London. He is currently musical director of a stage adaptation of James Mayhew‘s bestselling children’s book Katie and the Mona Lisa for which he composed the songs and original score. Following a successful showcase at Fairfield Halls in Croydon Katie will soon be beginning a national tour. Check the show’s website for updates.
He is also working with Adrian Brown on a stage musical.
Aside from composing, Robert is a keen cook, poet, and poker player. He has also dabbled in playwriting, co-authoring Bonus Material with Ben Keaton and the Lincoln Company which was performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010. He blogs for The Vibe as their poker correspondent and some-time political whinger.
He also seems to enjoy writing about himself in the third person.
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