Robin Walker playing Grand organ, Matthias Church, Budapest - Photo
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Conducting

Walker directed from the harpsichord, that in itself as strong an indicator of this group’s burgeoning stature and self-confidence. Given the subaudition that the word amateur carries – “not quite top drawer, don’t you know?” – I would prefer to call them unpaid, for Walker has made this outfit very top drawer. He, himself, has an engaging enthusiasm and composure at the epicentre of both music and musical forces, a nice sensitivity in drawing out the possibilities of Handel’s gloriously varied and complex musical adventure in this oratorio. I remark, especially, the glorious rendering of the piece’s big tune ‘O lovely peace’.   

Graeme Fife - Cantate "Judas Maccabaeus" March 2013 (click here for full review).


Ipswich Choral Society

Cantate chamber choir

Singing the Faith 

Workshops

Robin is delighted to be taking up the role of Director of Music at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.  He will work with the chapel choir and organ scholars and also work more widely in college music and in outreach programmes including workshops, cathedral visits and overseas tours.

In September 2015 Robin began his appointment as Musical Director with the Ipswich Choral Society, the UK's second-oldest Choral Society.  The choir draws members from Ipswich and the surrounding area and is open to all singers who want to work hard and enjoy singing.  Robin's first concert with the choir is in November, including Mendelssohn's setting of Thomas Aquinas' hymn "Lauda Sion" and Poulenc' "Gloria".  For more about the choir click here.

Since 2003 he has been Musical Director of Cantate, a 35 strong chamber choir based in Kent, performing works from the mediaeval to the present day.  Concerts have included; “Renaissance Revealed”, a 90 minute performance of music and images from Renaissance Italy, “Poetry in Music”, an evening celebrating English music and poetry, Mozart’s Requiem, and “Baroque Masterworks”, including Vivaldi’s Magnificat and Handel’s Dixit Dominus.  In 2008 the choir performed Bach’s St John Passion to great acclaim, and the following year Handel’s Messiah in celebration of 250 years since the composer’s death.  Most recently they performed with His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornets in a concert including Tallis' 40-part "Spem in alium", in the Canterbury Festival and John Ellis' "A Mass of the Grove".

 The choir has toured to Italy and Norway, won the TopChoirKent award in 2014, and been heard on BBC Radio Kent. 

Choir practice

Robin, together with Oliver Sandig, formed Vivace!, a chamber group using period instruments led by Hazel Brooks.  The group has performed with Cantate and has given concerts in its own right, in central London and Hampstead, with Robin leading from the harpsichord. 

Singing the Faith is the Methodist Church's hymn book, and over the past twelve months Robin has led workshops for singers and worship leaders to help them explore and make better use of the new resource.  In Cambridge in February 2015 Robin led a workshop attended by over 130 people, receiving acclaim in the national Methodist press.  This has been followed by similar days in Berkhamsted and in October at Castle Street Methodist church, Cambridge.

Robin now writes a regular column in the ArtServe magazine giving advice and hints to music leaders in churches across the country.

Robin has been Conductor of Stanmore Choral Society, Horsley Choral Society, and deputy conductor of Uxbridge Choral Society.  He spent five years as conductor of the City University Chamber Choir (London), a role combining education with performance.  In this post Robin helped the choir undertake a week long trip to Bergen, Norway, to sing and share cultures with Norwegian and Romanian choirs with support from the Connect Youth European initiative.

Robin is available for choral and orchestral conducting, for teaching and masterclasses by arrangement.