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Name Robert Hugill
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User Name hugillr
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Date of birth 03/07/1955
Region United Kingdom  
Interests Choral & Vocal music and opera
Profile Robert Hugill is a London based composer, journalist, blogger and lecturer. Robert runs the highly regarded classical music blog, Planet Hugill (

A CD of Robertís songs Quickening: songs to texts by English and Welsh poets was recently issued on the Navona Records label, with Anna Huntley (mezzo-soprano), Johnny Wilkinson (baritone), Rosalind Ventris (viola) and William Vann (piano) performing Robertís settings of poetry by Rowan Williams (the former Archbishop of Canterbury), A.E. Housman, Christina Rosetti and Ivor Gurney.

Robertís setting of the Advent Prose was premiered by Alistair Dixon and Chapelle du Roi at St Johnís Smith Square in December 2014, and they premiered Robertís setting of Ruth Padelís Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth in 2015. London Concord Singers, conductor Jessica Norton, premiered a piece specially written for them in December 2016 as part of the choirís 50th anniversary celebrations.

Robert`s cantata The Testament of Dr. Cranmer was issued on the Divine Art label in 2008. His opera When a man knows was staged in 2011 at the Bridewell Theatre, London and his opera The Genesis of Frankenstein was premiered by the Helios Collective in London in 2016. Robert has recently completed Tempus per Annum, a cycle of 70 motets for the churchís year with over 45 hours of music, and has released all of the motets for free download on the CPDL website. Robertís songs were placed in the English Poetry and Song Societyís A E Housman Competition, Ivor Gurney Competition and Diamond Songs Competition.

As a lecturer Robert gives pre-concert talks at Conway Hall and at St Johnís Smith Square, and has been lecturing on opera and musical topics to the U3A.