Planet Hugill blog
photo Jonny Bourchier
Robert Hugill is a London based composer, blogger, journalist and lecturer.
Robert runs the highly regarded classical music blog Planet Hugill as well as writing opera reviews for OperaToday.com
Robert gives regular pre-concert concert-talks at venues such as Conway Hall and St John's Smith Square, and lectures on musical and operatic topics, as well as writing programme notes.
Robert is on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Planet Hugill is also available as a magazine on Flipboard, and you can sign up to the Mailing List for the monthly newsletter.
You can hear Robert's music On SoundCloud, and it is available on CPDL and from Tutti.co.uk. Robert's complete catalogue is available for browsing on-line.
Four of my motets from Tempus per Annum are receiving American performances in December 2018, the chamber vocal ensemble Tapestry, conducted by G Roberts Kolb are performing Populus Sion, Hodie scietis, Rorate coeli, Lux fulgebit at View Arts Center in Old Forge, NY, on 15 December, further details from the center's website, and at St. James Episcopal Church in Clinton, NY on 16 December.
My arrangement of Julian Merson's carol There is No Rose is premiered by London Concord Singers, conductor Jessica Norton, as part of their concert at St George's Bloomsbury on 6 December 2018. Further details from the choir's website. Further ahead, on 5 May 2019 there will be a programme of my songs and instrumental music at Conway Hall based on my disc Quickening, and then on 18 June 2019 William Vann will be conducting the premiere of my new opera The Gardeners
Sappho, Shropshire and Super-tramp on Divine Art records, a two disc set, it contains song cycles by Ivor Gurney, William Carnell, Michael Watts, and Denis Wickens, plus contemporary composers associated with the English Poetry and Song Society, all performed by Johnny Herford (baritone), Sarah Leonard (mezzo-soprano) and Nigel Foster (piano). The set includes four of my songs setting poems by Rabindranath Tagore, Hart Crane and Thomas Wyatt. Full details from the Divine Art website.
Populus Sion: Peter Leech and Harmonia Sacra's new disc from Nimbus Alliance, Lux memoriaque, is based around contemporary sacred music from Advent, much of it performed at the group's regular Advent Sunday concert at St Thomas the Martyr in Bristol. Amongst the works which the choir has performed over the years are a group of my Advent motets from Tempus per Annum, my cycle of 70 motets for the Church's year (all motets are available for free download on Cpdl.org).
Lux memoriaque includes one of these, Populus Sion, alongside music by Lawrence Whitehead, David Bednall, Jonathan Lee and Peter Leech. Full details from the Amazon website.
A sample track from the CD is available in the SoundCloud box to the right. Further details (including on-line sales) on the Quickening page.
The disc features of four of Robert's song cycles, and an extra song performed by baritone Johnny Herford, mezzo-soprano Anna Huntley, viola player Rosalind Ventris and pianist William Vann. Read more about Quickening at the Navona Records website. The works on the disc are:
Opera magazine: In the November 2016 issue of Opera magazine you can see Robert's review of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin performed by the National Academic Opera and Ballet of Belarus at the Birgitta Festival in Tallinn.
The Genesis of Frankenstein, Robert's latest opera, is now available to view on Vimeo.
Dominus illuminatio mea, Robert's motet was premiered by London Concord Singers, conductor Jessica Norton, on 8 December 2016 at the Priory Church of the Order of St John, Clerkenwell.
Robert will be giving pre-concert talks at Conway Hall, on 26 November 2017.
Recent lectures have included an illustrated five-lecture series Introduction to Opera for The Course in Mayfair, and Introduction to Opera lectures for U3A London in Hampstead Town Hall. Robert will be returning to The Course for a future series of Introduction to Opera and has further U3A lectures planned.
Robert gives regular pre-concert talks at Conway Hall and has a number planned for the 2016/17 season (see the right-hand column for further details). Other recent pre-concert talks have included an introduction to Bach's The Art of Fugue at St John's Smith Square for Kimiko Ishizaka's performance of the work in her own completion.
Recent pre-concert talks have included:
Robert's other lectures have included:
Robert's blog Planet Hugill contains regular reviews of concerts, CD's and operas by Robert, our contributor Ruth Hansford and guest posters, along with concert previews, classical music news, interviews and feature articles on subjects as diverse as Handel opera, Bizet's Carmen and English opera in the 1950's.
To receive Robert's lively monthly This month on Planet Hugill e-newsletter, sign up his Mailing List.
Planet Hugill has been running in its present form since 2011, and averages over 60 postings per month.
There is a regular interview slot on Saturday mornings, and recent interviewees have included the composer Sven Helbig, Thomas Lauderdale of the band Pink Martini, the conductor Kristjan Järvi, composer Samuel Bordoli and soprano Rhian Lois.
The blog covers the diversity of music in and around London, with occasional forays further afield. We cover performances at many of the summer festivals including Garsington, Glyndebourne, Grange Park Opera and Opera Holland Park, as well as visiting Opera North and Welsh National Opera.
Visits abroad have included coverage of the Santa Fe Opera, Dresden Festival, Slovak National Opera, the Birgitta Festival in Tallinn and the Estonian Music Days.
Future performances of Robert's music are listed in the RH column, and you can also view Recent performances. Samples of his music are available at SoundCloud.com. Robert's music and recordings are for sale on-line at Tutti.co.uk, and Robert's motets from his collection Tempus per Annum are being made available on CPDL. Robert's CD The Testament of Dr. Cranmer is available from Divine Art. Hear Robert's motet Exaudi sung by London Concord Singers here. TEMPUS PER ANNUM The Choir of St John's Church, Fulham, directed by Ben Woodward, performed Robert's motet Dilexisti Justitiam on 10 January 2016 (the Sunday after Epiphany), the motet sets the introit for the First Sunday after Epiphany (The Baptism of Christ). Ben Woodward and St John's choir gave the premiere of Resurrexit, one of the Easter motets from Tempus per Annum, last year and London Concord Singers, conductor Jessica Norton, performed it as part of their Easter 2016 concert. Tempus per Annum consists of 70 motets for the church's year and all are available for download from CPDL.
THE GENESIS OF FRANKENSTEIN The Genesis of Frankenstein is now available to view on Vimeo.
Robert's third opera The Genesis of Frankenstein was premiered on October 28 and 29, conducted by Noah Mosley and directed by Ella Marchment, as part of the Helios Collective's Toi, Toi, Toi at CLF Art Cafe Peckham.
BUYING ROBERT'S MUSIC Robert's full catalogue is available on this site, whilst more of Robert's catalogue and recordings is now available for sale on Tutti.co.uk, whilst the motets from Robert's collection Tempus per Annum are being made available free on CPDL. All the completed motets are currently available (nearly 60) on CPDL, and all the motets from the collection (72 in all) will be available for free download.