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Education

State-educated in Wrexham, North Wales, Robert is passionate about making classical music accessible to everyone, utilising the art’s unique potential to inspire, communicate, connect and empower. Robert was introduced to music at the age of three, when he was taught piano by his grandmother, who noticed that he was having difficulty with his hearing. He was later diagnosed by doctors as being 70% deaf. After a series of operations, Robert was completely discharged from hospital, aged sixteen, by which time his hearing had been fully restored. He has since gone on to forge a successful career as a conductor and educator, working at home in the UK and internationally, with orchestras, choirs and young people.

 

Robert is frequently sought after as an inspiring and empathetic conductor working with young people. Nationally, he has conducted the National Youth Orchestra of Wales at St David’s Hall and at Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. Internationally, he has been invited to conduct for the World Orchestra Festival (China), Association of Music in International Schools (AMIS) in London and Salzburg, and at festivals in Kazakhstan, Hong Kong and South Korea. 

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Teaching

Robert is proud to be Director of Ensembles at the University of Manchester and leads their highly acclaimed Conducting Programme. Highlights include conducting the University of Manchester Chamber Choir in Hong Kong, directing the first performance of Barry Cooper’s new Bärenreiter edition of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and commissioning a new choral work Light Into My Dark by John Casken. Recent and current conducting students are rapidly making their way in the profession, with organisations including the RSNO Chorus, The Hallé, NYCGB Fellowship Programme and RTÉ Concert Orchestra. 

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