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 Dance, Cats 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.