Robert Purvis

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Robert Purvis
Musical Director

Born in New Zealand, Robert arrived in London and studied composition with John Taverner at Trinity College of Music.

Robert began his career playing piano for dance classes and eventually becoming Musical Director for Performances with London Contemporary Dance Company, on tour and seasons at Sadlers Wells.


West End & UK National Tours

His first show as Musical Director for Cameron Mackintosh was on tour with Godspell

His first West End conducting appointment was on Tomfoolery, working with the writer, Tom Lehrer

Other shows as Musical Director and Conductor were Kiss Me Kate, at The Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford,  The Old Vic, and Savoy theatres

Other West End Shows include:

“Y” at The Piccadilly with Arturo Bracchetti, for which he also wrote the score

Annie Get Your Gun at The Aldwych, with Suzie Quattro

Budgie at The Cambridge, with Adam Faith and Anita Dobson, for which he also wrote the dance music for Anthony Van Laast

Phantom of The Opera at Her Majesty’s, with Charlotte Page

Chicago at The Adelphi, with Denise Van Outen and Alison Moyet

Robert also made contributions to Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Song and DanceCats and Princess Diana’s Carnival for The Birds Gala at the Royal Opera House.



CHESS, 1st National Tour plus Norway, Dublin; New Zealand National Tour with Murray Head and Tommy Korberg

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Palladium Production), 1st National Tour with Philip Schofield, and Aled Jones; Australian National Tour; Southeast Asia Tour; Pinewood film with Donny Osmond

Chicago Lebanon, Cyprus and Kuala Lumpur

The Sound Of Music, Kuala Lumpur

My Fair Lady, Cyprus, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur

A Chorus Line Tel Aviv Opera House, Israel

As composer, as well as writing the original score for “Y” and the Dance score for Budgie, Robert collaborated on ballets and dance for DASH with Wayne Sleep.

Robert wrote four musicals for The Annual Brighton Festival, including The Brighton Belle, with Roger Stennett.

Robert has set The Happy Prince and The Remarkable Rocket by Oscar Wilde as short operas.

A new musical, Gorgeous George is in preparation.