Vocal coach, Musical director, Composer
Rob’s passion for music was ignited by his father – whether it was crawling underneath the baby grand at home to hear the full impact of the sound of his piano playing or turning the music pages for him at the local church where his dad was the organist. After starting to learn the piano and joining his local church choir, Rob’s professional life began at the age of eight as a chorister at Ely Cathedral. Five years of intense vocal training followed, during which he was committed to singing daily services (including Christmas and Easter), performing concerts, including BBC radio 3 and ITV broadcasts, and making the occasional recording on vinyl whilst fulfilling a school academic and sports programme. Inevitably, after becoming head chorister and principal soloist, nature took its course and aged 13, temporary ‘retirement’ followed. With his ‘adult’ voice emerging and the help of a music scholarship, Rob continued his music education to GCSE and A level, taking graded exams in piano, harpsichord and violin as well as forming a rock band which performed regularly at school assemblies and discos.
Post-school education included advanced study of piano, voice (including opera) and music theory at the Cambridge College of Arts and Technology and an English degree from Loughborough University. Rob’s music apprenticeship was served in London as a musical director, ballet repetiteur, piano accompanist and assistant vocal coach. He was appointed musical director at The Tower Theatre in Islington and was the Accompanist at The Drama Studio in Ealing under the director of singing, Theresa von Sertima. As assistant and accompanist to international vocal coaches Ian Adam and Kate Hughes he had the opportunity to work closely with many musical performers including:
Michael Ball, John Barrowman, Sarah Brightman, Michael Crawford, Bonnie Langford, Stephanie Lawrence, Elaine Paige, Bonnie Langford, Sally Ann Triplett; stage and screen actors Alan Bates, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Conti, Anthony Hopkins, Derek Jacobi, Lennie Henry, Jude Law, Ian Mckellen, Roger Moore, Robert Powell, Jonathan Pryce, Terence Stamp, Emma Thompson, Twiggy, Julie Walters; dancers Sylvie Guillem and Marguerite Porter; musicians Marc Almond, Rod Argent, Nick Cave, Simon Climie, Barbara Dickson, Imogen Heap and Alison Moyet.
To coincide with bringing up four children, Rob started to specialize in educating emerging musicians, developing young voices and promoting aspiring talent. In so doing he has held educational posts at Hartcliffe (City of Bristol) College, Bristol College of Dancing and was, at one time, vocal coach at four Stagecoach Theatre Arts Schools simultaneously.
Rob continues to teach in London both privately and as a peripatetic tutor in schools and colleges across the South West of England. He trains and accompanies students for auditions, concerts, gigs, professional engagements, performing arts and graded music examinations and helps prepare pupils at GCSE & A level in performance and composition.
In the summer of 2014, in association with The School, he organised and presented the very first Acoustic YouthFest at The Bristol Bierkeller and the Wiltshire Pound Arts Centre promoting some of the best young talent in the SouthWest including students from The School.
Rob’s teaching continues to be inspired and enriched by his professional experience as a Musical Director, Vocal Coach, Composer and Piano Tutor.
Film – ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ (Director Kenneth Branagh)
Film – ‘Lucky Break’ (Director Peter Cattaneo)
Theatre – ‘E=MC2’*
‘That Awkward Age’
(play with songs)
‘The Legend of The Pole Star’
Employed by Time Warner Ltd. to collaborate with artists, signed to their record label, in the writing and developing of material.
* nominated for a Perrier Award and premiered by Lowbrow Theatre Company at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Jeremy Irons/Rowan Atkinson
Film – ‘The Lion King’ (Disney)
Adrian Edmondson/Tim McInnerny
Theatre – ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ (Piccadilly Theatre, London)
Kenneth Branagh/Carmen Ejogo/Adrian Lester/Natasha/McElhone/Emily Mortimer/Alicia Silverstone
Film – ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’
James Nesbitt/Olivia Williams/Timothy Spall
Film – ‘Lucky Break’
Film – ‘Chorus of Disapproval’ (Director Michael Winner)
Film – ‘To Kill a King’ (Director Mike Barker)
Television – ‘Barrymore’ ‘My Kind of People’ (London Weekend TV)