pprofile of Robin Holloway, composer, teacher and writer
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This is the definitive website for the work of Robin Holloway, composer, teacher and writer. The contents of the site are largely written and presented by Robin Holloway himself.


Scroll down for latest information:

  • details of the recent article by by composer and past-pupil Peter Seabourne in Musical Opinion Quarterly;
  • information about the new Sheva Contemporary CD of chamber works;
  • an audio player in which Robin talks to his old friend Paddy Gormley (who designed this site) about each of the three works featured on the CD;
  • a link to a YouTube video interview, featuring a broader perspective of Robin's work.
Robin Holloway at home in Cambridge.

Robin Holloway's 75th birthday year began with the publication of a tribute by composer and past-pupil Peter Seabourne in Musical Opinion Quarterly.

"As a callow young man, I recall vividly the first one-to-one encounter with my new composition teacher, Robin Holloway. He was standing under an old yew tree outside his Cambridge home, eating berries. "Try these!" he said, "it's only the pip that's poisonous - they taste like pink clouds!" Somehow both description and intent are appropriate to Robin's work and aesthetics: whilst dallying with the peril within, he has dared to savour the exotic fruit surrounding it ...and found it good."

Click right for the Musical Opinion website.

Click below for Peter Seabourne's website.

Cover image of new CD - click to buy

Click for audio player
Holloway the Progressive - article in Musical Opinion Quarterly

The newly released CD on the Sheva Contemporary label includes recordings by the Rest Ensemble of Robin Holloway's:

  • Trio for clarinet, viola & piano, op.79;
  • Trio for oboe, violin & piano, op.115;
  • Sonata for viola, op. 87

Click the image on the left to buy the CD.

Click below left for an audio player, in which Robin Holloway discusses the works featured on the CD with his old friend Paddy Gormley. The interviews are adorned with illustrative fragments from the Rest Ensemble recordings.

Click below right for a video interview on YouTube.

Click for interview on YouTube

"This is quick-witted music, nicely captured by the lively playing of the Rest Ensemble."
"The Trio for Oboe, Violin and Piano is more traditional in outline, sparer in language, but engaging in its keenly argued craftsmanship."
Richard Fairman - Financial Times 8/7/18

"Holloway doesn’t do bland neo-romantic pap: this is accessible, intelligent and entertaining music which shouldn't scare anyone. I'm smitten with the Trio for Oboe, Violin and Piano from 2012."
[Of Viola Sonata op.87] "An introspective, brooding work, it's compellingly played by young violist Henrietta Hill."

Graham Rickson - Arts Desk 8/7/18

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