Robin Wilson was born in Canterbury in 1981 and started playing violin at the age of five. Early lessons took place at Kent Music School and he toured extensively with local groups and orchestras. In 1999, Robin went to Birmingham Conservatoire to study under Philippe Graffin, Peter Thomas and Clive Lander. There he led both Conservatoire Sinfonia and Symphony Orchestras, and completed his Bachelor of Music degree with honours.
After working with a variety of orchestras and groups (including Canterbury based rock band, Waterhorse), he then went on to further his musical training at the Royal Academy of Music, studying under Mateja Marinkovic, and graduated with merit in the summer of 2009.
Based in Canterbury, he teaches violin at Christchurch University, The King’s School, Rochester, and is currently on trial with RTE National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin, Ireland. Robin will be featured playing the Bruch Violin Concerto in the Orchestra's Spring Concert on March 27th 2010.
Robin plays on a violin made by Bennettini of Milan, c. 1860.
Sat 6th May, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 7.30pm
with Whitstable Dance
Tickets at £15 and £8 available from the Gulbenkian Box Office
Our Spring Concert introduces a collaboration with Whitstable Dance which will allow local young people to share the pleasure of performance with the Orchestra in a presentation of music and dance from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet, The Nutcracker. The programme will focus on Act ii of the ballet in which the heroine, Clara, travels with the Prince (an erstwhile nutcracker) to the Land of Sweets where they are entertained. The Nutcracker is one of the Tchaikovsky's most popular compositions. The music contains some of his most memorable melodies including the Trepak and the famous Waltz of the Flowers and March, as well as the ubiquitous Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The ballet contains surprisingly advanced harmonies and a wealth of melodic invention. The atmosphere of magic and mystery is sustained by a performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s orchestral suite Scheherazade, inspired by the tale of The Arabian Nights in which the Sultan’s wife deflects her imminent execution through skilful storytelling and eventually wins her reprieve. Like The Nutcracker, the music is adventurous and delightfully orchestrated.
Details of forthcoming concerts are also listed in the Events Diary of the Canterbury Arts Council website.