Robin Walker playing Grand organ, Matthias Church, Budapest - Photo
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Robin Walker combines organ recitals with choral conducting and teaching. He teaches for the Royal College of Organists Academy, gives master-classes on a wide range of organ repertoire and technique, and leads choral workshops and events.  He is passionate to share his love of music.

As organist enjoys a busy recital schedule, devising programmes to suit all tastes.  He aims to entertain and demonstrate the organ’s amazing scope as a concert instrument.  He has performed concerts on organs of one manual and five stops to giant concert instruments.  He has a passion for the wide and ever expanding repertoire for the organ and to present concerts with an open and engaging style.

In 2016 Robin has released a new recording "The Time Capsule", in which he explores the organ repertoire of the European Renaissance, recorded on the 1558 Zefferini organ of La Badia Fiorentina, Florence.  The disc is on the pettirosso label and available to purchase directly.  Please email info@theorganist for details.

In 2009 Robin recorded two CDs; the music of Frederick Frahm, recorded in Albuquerque, USA, and music of John Ellis in Bolton Parish Church. Click here for more details.  

Robin has given recitals at St Paul’s, Southwark, Blackburn and Westminster Cathedrals, Westminster Abbey, St John’s Smith Square, in Wisbech, Cambridge, Athens (Greece) and Bergen (Norway).  In 2008 he gave his Finnish debut at Helsinki Cathedral, and his USA debut at St Luke’s, Albuquerque with great success.  He has performed Saint-Saens ‘Organ’ Symphony at St John’s, Smith Square, and appeared on BBC and independent radio and television.  A passionate interest in newly written music for the organ has led to premiere performances by Nimrod Borenstein, Ian Coleman, Richard Dubugnon, John Ellis and Frederick Frahm, and performances in the 2007 Annual Festival of New Organ Music

He studied for a performance degree and postgraduate diploma at the Royal Academy of Music, London.  Whilst at the Academy Robin won the Organ Recital Award, and prizes for choral conducting and church music.  He studied with David Titterington and Patrick Russill, and improvisation with Naji Hakim, and graduated from the Academy with DipRAM, the Academy’s Gold medal.

As accompanist he has performed in Hungary, Italy, Czech Republic, and the Netherlands, with the Sancta Sunniva Choir in Norway, and with other choirs in Rouen Cathedral, Bonn Basilica, Barcelona Cathedral and Brussels Cathedral, Bath Abbey, Wells Cathedral, and many other British and European venues

He performs as soloist and continuo player on the harpsichord and chamber organ, and teaches organ in London and in St Albans for the New School of Organ Studies. Robin is Director of Music of Corpus Christi College Cambridge.  He previously spent three years as Assistant Director of Music at St George's Hanover Square, in the heart of London, where he accompanied the professional choir on the 46 stop 2012 Richards, Fowkes and Co organ. 

He was Organist of La Badia Fiorentina (Florence Abbey), where he played the historic 1558 Zeffirini organ and before taking up that post he was Director of Music of St Mark's Anglican Church in Florence, Director of Music of St Mary's RC church in Hampstead (London), Organist to the Icelandic Church in London and Assistant Master of Music at HM Chapel Royal at the Tower of London. Whilst Director of Music at St Giles-in-the-Fields, London, he began the restoration of the 18th century English Baroque organ by celebrated organ builder William Drake.

Robin is available for concerts in the UK, Europe and North America, the Far East and Australasia.   Fees on request.

 

Major repertoire includes:

Bach Organ Works
Reubke Sonata
Elgar Sonata
Liszt "Ad nos ad salutarem" and B.A.C.H.
Franck Organ Works
Eben "Sunday Music"
Mendelssohn Organ Sonatas
Bruhns Organ Works