Robin Haigh is a composer from the UK whose music has been described as “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.
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 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 critically acclaimed 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 for under-5s, which later toured to Dublin.
Robin is a 2019-20 Royal Philharmonic Society Composer. He won the Royal Academy of Music’s Eric Coates Prize, and was selected for the inaugural PRS Accelerate scheme, as well as both Phase I and II of the LSO’s Soundhub scheme. He was one of six composers chosen to appear on NMC’s Next Wave 2 release which features his piece Zorthern, performed by the Royal Northern Sinfonia. 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 currently studies for a PhD at the University of York with Martin Suckling, supported by WRoCAH.
“One of the strongest new composing voices working in Britain right now” - M Magazine