Hilary Robinson

Composer and Music Educator in London, United Kingdom

Hilary Robinson

Composer and Music Educator in London, United Kingdom

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Welcome. I'm a classically-trained composer and music educator living in London. (Scroll down for more detailed biographical information.) The links below take you to some of my music as a composer, performer, arranger or a combination of those. Watch this space for more. I hope you find something you enjoy.

As a music teacher I have specialised in working with adult students, gaining more than ten years of experience of teaching adults and curriculum design for adult music learners when I ran the music department of a large London adult education college.


There’s a YouTube link to my arrangement/re-arrangement of a Finnish tango song under the 'Watch My Videos' link above.

A live recording of Jonathan Powell playing 10.10.10 at St Anne's College, Oxford, on 17 January 2014 – Jonathan has also performed the piece at other places including Spectrum in New York, and Columbia College in Chicago.

A short piano piece that I am playing.

A track from my band project, Ferry Island.

As a vocalist, I have worked with Keith Johnson on a variety of songs. He uses my voice/voices in his version of the Gershwin classic But Not For Me here.

And here, I’m on backing vocals on his Helpless/March to the Scaffold.


An article I wrote for the Institute of Composing Journal.



I studied contemporary classical music composition with teachers including Kaija Saariaho, Anders Eliasson and Geoff Poole, and I hold a postgraduate degree (with distinction) in composition. Moving to Finland in the early nineties for further composition and piano studies at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki on a Finnish government scholarship, I spent a decade living there; since returning to the UK, I have been based in London.

My music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Resonance FM and performed in Europe, the US and the UK at festivals including London’s Music We’d Like to Hear, the Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music and the former British Music Information Centre’s Cutting Edge series. I have worked with musicians on both sides of the Atlantic, ensembles such as the Fidelio Trio and Ensemble Noszferatu, and pianists including Jonathan Powell, Mary Dullea and Waka Hasegawa. In recent years my music has absorbed elements of jazz and pop as I have become more active as a performer in different musical contexts. Some of my scores are held in the British Music Collection and the rest are self-published.