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 a detailed biography.) 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.

Quick links to my music online

As a music teacher, I specialise in adult students and have long experience of teaching adults and curriculum design for adult music learners in London adult education colleges.


A sonic advent calendar, Sounds for Shrinking Days.

Now out on CD, a classical ukulele commission for Donald Bousted.

A collaboration with electronic music artist Jo Johnson, Antenna Echoes.

My piano duet version of a Finnish tango song.

A live recording of Jonathan Powell playing 10.10.10 in Oxford – Jonathan has also performed it at other places including Spectrum in New York, and Columbia College in Chicago.

A short piano piece I'm playing on Bandcamp.

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.



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, Resonance FM and Curved Radio (Australia), and performed in Europe, the US and the UK at festivals including London’s Music We’d Like to Hear, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 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, Mark Knoop 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.