Robert is a composer, lyricist, musical director and performer. For Theatre Royal Stratford East, he has written music and lyrics for the Olivier Award-nominated Cinderella, and also Robin Hood, Pinocchio, Aladdin, Red Riding Hood and Dick Whittington (with Trish Cooke); Red Riding Hood and Dick Whittington (with Patrick Prior); as well as songs for The Snow Queen and Hansel and Gretel, and scores for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Make Some Noise. He was also musical director for the hit musicals The Big Life (both at Stratford and in the West End) and Come Dancing, written by and starring Ray Davies of the Kinks.
As exclusive composer and musical director for Image Musical Theatre Co, he has written over 20 shows, of which Jungle Book, The Secret Garden and Beauty and the Beast are currently touring the UK, and over a million children have sung his songs in the last four years.
As a conductor, he has worked all over the world, from the Sibelius Academy, Finland, to the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, and the majority of West End theatres, including conducting a choir of 5000 at the O2; as well as musical director for the inaugural performance of the World Children’s Ensemble at the Royal Albert Hall, involving young people from 37 different countries.
In 2012, Robert was musical director for the Graeae Theatre Company production of the Ian Dury musical Reasons to Be Cheerful, which toured the UK and with whom he was seen performing ‘Spasticus Autisticus’ to a worldwide television audience at the Paralympics opening ceremony in 2012. He also works extensively in the training of young people as musical director of Theatretrain.