Robert Costin (United Kingdom)
plays Bach’s ‘Well-Tempered Clavier’
Wednesday, 20th July – 12:50 – 13:45 (p1)
Thursday, 21st July – 12:50 – 13:45 (p2)
Free entry / Donations (Suggested donation $10)
Robert Costin began his musical career as a chorister at Peterborough Cathedral under the direction of Christopher Gower, who was also his first organ teacher. Attendance at The King’s School was followed by the award of a music scholarship to Oundle School, where he was taught by James Parsons and gained his ARCO diploma at the age of seventeen. In his final year at Oundle Robert held the Organ Scholarship at St Matthew’s Church, Northampton. Robert maintained his links with Oundle for many years as a tutor to aspiring young organists at the Oundle International Organ Festival. On leaving school he spent a year at the Royal Academy of Music studying organ with Nicholas Danby and harpsichord with John Toll, as well as participating in classes given by such prominent musicians as Dame Gillian Weir, Ton Koopman, Lionel Rogg and Gaston Litaize.
Robert gained his FRCO diploma at the age of nineteen and went up to Pembroke College, Cambridge as an organ scholar. As well as reading for a degree in music, he studied organ with David Sanger and directed the Pembroke Chapel Choir for numerous services and concerts, including a tour of Romania.
Graduation was followed by a move to New Zealand to take up the post of Assistant Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral, Wellington. During this time Robert became a National Recording Artist for Radio New Zealand and won second prize in the Hamilton International Organ Competition. Subsequent posts in New Zealand included acting as Director of Music at Auckland Cathedral, before making the move back to the UK to take up the position of Assistant Director of Music at Blackburn Cathedral. During this time he was a regular organist for the BBC Daily Service and frequently played continuo with the Northern Chamber Orchestra and Manchester Camerata.
Robert has held teaching postitions at Worksop College, Bedford School, Ardingly College, Highgate School and St Paul’s Cathedral School. He has led choir tours to Rome, Paris, Berlin, Dublin and Cork, and has conducted in Notre Dame de Paris, St Peter’s Basilica and Berlin Cathedral.
Robert’s recital venues in recent years have included Washington National Cathedral, Notre Dame de Paris, St Paul’s Cathedral, London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne and Auckland Town Hall. He made his concerto debut with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in 2011. He has also performed extensively in North America and Europe. Robert has appeared regularly as a performer and broadcaster on Radio New Zealand, including writing and presenting ‘Composer of the Week’ programmes on the lives and music of Tomás Luis de Victoria and Herbert Howells, and his recordings have featured on the popular US radio programme ‘Pipedreams’.
Robert has released six internationally acclaimed solo CDs on the Kiwi Pacific, Atoll and Stone Record labels.
As well as maintaining a busy freelance career, he is Organist of All Saints’ Church, Blackheath and is pursuing a part-time MMus degree at Glasgow University on the music of Bach.
See poster here, 2016-07-20 Robert Costin Organ Recitals
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