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Robin Haigh is a composer from the UK whose music has been described as “quirky, playful, bold and original…with a highly distinctive musical language and sound” (Ivors Composer Awards), “remarkably discombobulating” (Seen and Heard International), “frenetic” (The Times), “distinctive” (Musical Opinion), “vibrant, witty” (Chicago Classical Review), “irreverent” (Chicago Theatre Review), and “completely refreshing” (British Composer Awards). Since winning a British Composer Award in 2017 aged 24, Robin has been commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Society, Sage Gateshead, Ligeti Quartet, and The Hermes Experiment. He went on to win an Ivor Novello Award in 2020.
 
Robin’s individual approach to music is informed by his early experiences writing for the progressive metal band he played in as a teenager growing up in Newham, East London. His pieces are often based on unusual concepts; Samoyeds from his String Quartet makes music out of the sounds of howling dogs, Aesop asks orchestral performers to play on recorders, and Twenty One Minute Pieces reimagines the classical concert experience as a variety performance. His comic chamber opera The Man Who Woke Up, which has been performed in London, Chicago, and Louisville, asks what it would be like to wake up and find oneself in an opera.

In 2017 he was PRSF Young Composer in Residence with the Sage Gateshead, writing the piece Zehner for the Young Sinfonia, and delivering composition workshops to students. His work with children continued when he was commissioned by the LSO in 2018 to write several pieces for a storytelling concert, Fergal is Fuming!, for under-5s, which later toured to Dublin. In 2019, his educational piece Hydrogen Helium Etcetera was commissioned by St Andrews New Music Ensemble and performed to people of all ages in Edinburgh and St Andrews.

Robin studied at Goldsmiths College and the Royal Academy of Music with teachers including Dmitri Smirnov, Edmund Finnis, and David Sawer, and has worked as an assistant to Sir Harrison Birtwistle. He is coming to the end of an AHRC funded PhD at the University of York, where he also teaches, supervised by Martin Suckling.




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Robin Haigh is a composer from the UK whose music has been described as “quirky, playful, bold and original…with a highly distinctive musical language and sound” (Ivors Composer Awards), “remarkably discombobulating” (Seen and Heard International), “frenetic” (The Times), “distinctive” (Musical Opinion), “vibrant, witty” (Chicago Classical Review), “irreverent” (Chicago Theatre Review), and “completely refreshing” (British Composer Awards). Since winning a British Composer Award in 2017 aged 24, Robin has been commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Society, Sage Gateshead, Ligeti Quartet, and The Hermes Experiment. He went on to win an Ivor Novello Award in 2020.

Robin’s individual approach to music is informed by his early experiences writing for the progressive metal band he played in as a teenager growing up in Newham, East London. His pieces are often based on unusual concepts; Samoyeds from his String Quartet makes music out of the sounds of howling dogs, Aesop asks orchestral performers to play on recorders, and Twenty One Minute Pieces reimagines the classical concert experience as a variety performance. His comic chamber opera The Man Who Woke Up, which has been performed in London, Chicago, and Louisville, asks what it would be like to wake up and find oneself in an opera.

In 2017 he was PRSF Young Composer in Residence with the Sage Gateshead, writing the piece Zehner for the Young Sinfonia, and delivering composition workshops to students. His work with children continued when he was commissioned by the LSO in 2018 to write several pieces for a storytelling concert, Fergal is Fuming!, for under-5s, which later toured to Dublin. In 2019, his educational piece Hydrogen Helium Etcetera was commissioned by St Andrews New Music Ensemble and performed to people of all ages in Edinburgh and St Andrews.




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Robin Haigh is a composer from the UK whose music has been described as “quirky, playful, bold and original…with a highly distinctive musical language and sound” (Ivors Composer Awards), “remarkably discombobulating” (Seen and Heard International), “irreverent” (Chicago Theatre Review), and “completely refreshing” (British Composer Awards). Since winning a British Composer Award in 2017 aged 24, Robin has been commissioned by the LSO, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Society, Ligeti Quartet, and The Hermes Experiment. He went on to win an Ivor Novello Award in 2020.

Robin’s individual approach to music is informed by his early experiences writing for the progressive metal band he played in as a teenager growing up in Newham, East London. His pieces are often based on unusual concepts; Samoyeds from his String Quartet makes music out of the sounds of howling dogs, while Aesop asks orchestral performers to play on recorders.

In 2017 he was PRSF Young Composer in Residence with the Sage Gateshead, writing the piece Zehner for the Young Sinfonia, and delivering composition workshops to students. His work with children continued when he was commissioned by the LSO in 2018 to write several pieces for a storytelling concert, Fergal is Fuming!, for under-5s, which later toured to Dublin.




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Robin Haigh is a composer from the UK whose music has been described as “quirky, playful, bold and original…with a highly distinctive musical language and sound” (Ivors Composer Awards), “remarkably discombobulating” (Seen and Heard International), “frenetic” (The Times), “distinctive” (Musical Opinion), “vibrant, witty” (Chicago Classical Review), “irreverent” (Chicago Theatre Review), and “completely refreshing” (British Composer Awards). Since winning a British Composer Award in 2017 aged 24, Robin has been commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Society, Sage Gateshead, Ligeti Quartet, and The Hermes Experiment. He went on to win an Ivor Novello Award in 2020.