Christopher Robinson – Guest Come and Sing Director

Christopher Robinson’s long and varied career in the musical profession has been centred around choral music. As Organist of Worcester Cathedral (1963-75), he took a leading role in the Three Choirs Festival. A move to St George’s Chapel, Windsor followed and, finally, he went to St John’sCollege, Cambridge (1991 -2003). Here he inherited a Choir which already had an international reputation. He has made many recordings which have won critical acclaim. From 1976-97 he was Conductor of the Oxford Bach Choir and of the City of Birmingham Choir from 1964-2002. During his time at Birmingham the City Choir maintained a strongly adventurous and ambitious programme. Notable concerts included Messiaen’s La Transfiguration and Tippett’s Mask of Time (both broadcast on Radio 3). Other large scale works like The Mass of Life by Delius and Britten’s War Requiem received several performances as well as a number of novelties like The Jacobite Rising by Maxwell Davies and John Dankworth’s The Diamond and the Goose.

 

Christopher Robinson has received various honours, notably from Birmingham University, the University of Central England and the Royal Academy of Music. The Archbishop of Canterbury made him a Doctor of Music in 2003 and he was awarded the CBE in 2004.  The Queen honoured him with a CVO in 1991 in recognition of his work at Windsor.