Robin Haigh is a composer from London, whose music has been performed across the UK, as well as in America, France, and Lithuania. His work has been featured at Kings Place, Cheltenham Festival, and the National Opera Center in New York.
He is particularly interested in dramatic music; his opera The Man Who Woke Up was premiered in London in 2015, followed by performances in Louisville in 2016 by Thompson Street Opera Company. More recent dramatic works include his 1936: An East London Uprising for two narrators and large ensemble, commissioned by East London Music Group to commemorate the 80th anniversary of The Battle of Cable Street, and Die Nächte In Berlin, written in collaboration with Austrian writer Raphaela Edelbauer for The Art of Chaos festival at Shoreditch town hall.
Robin is also interested in writing for rarely heard instruments. These include pieces for early music performers such as lutenist Elizabeth Kenny, the Dunedin Consort, and recorder player Tabea Debus. Robin also has a keen interest in writing for the accordion, and has written for Ian Watson with CHROMA, and worked alongside young accordionists on the Palendriai International Composers Course, run by Martynas Levickis.
Robin studied at Goldsmiths, University of London with Dmitri Smirnov, and is now completing his Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music with Edmund Finnis and David Sawer. While at the Academy, Robin received the Eric Coates Prize for his orchestral piece Movado. In 2017 he was selected for Sound and Music’s Next Wave scheme, which will lead to his piece Zorthern for accordion and ensemble being released on NMC recordings in 2018, performed by Luke Carver Goss and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Robin works as an assistant to Sir Harrison Birtwistle.