Performance

Rob began his musical career like so many internationally renowned singers, as head chorister at his local church, a role he took very seriously – maybe too seriously (like most middle management!). His voice didn’t break until he was fourteen and a half, so was able to broaden his secular horizons and break into the world of musical theatre playing Lionel Bart’s Oliver when just a lad of 12, and the Mayor Munchkin a year later – some would say, the highlight of his career! Between then and now, he’s also played grown-up characters like:

Fred Barrett – Titanic
Curly – Oklahoma
Marcello – La Boheme
Billy Bigelow – Carousel
The American – Chess
Frank Shepard – Merrily We Roll Along
Silvio – Pagliacci
Frederic – Pirates of Penzance
Danilo – The Merry Widow
The Beast – Beauty & the Beast
Petruchio – Kiss Me, Kate
Capt von Trapp – The Sound of Music
Sweeney Todd – Sweeney Todd

to name just a few – we are talking over 25 years here, and he’s been busy.

Merry-WidowRob has performed in concerts, recitals and musicals in mainstream theatres across the South Coast, and in London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall, The Savoy Theatre and The Royal Festival Hall, touring with Hinge & Bracket (Last Night of the Wimbledon Proms) and Regency Opera (The Best of Broadway).

Cabaret makes up for a lot of Rob’s time. He has ‘camped-it-up’ with the best of them in the best hotels, and wonderful venues like Kensington Palace, the cellars of Berry Bros & Rudd in St James’, The Tower of London and the Dali Universe with First Night, Music Theatre 2000 and the Fleet Singers.

With a rich baritone voice and a vocal range from bottom F to top B flat, Rob is understandably in demand for session singing and has featured on TV adverts, radio commercials and as a guest on many album tracks.

Vocal examples:

1 American Trilogy: This spine-chilling Elvis classic as fabulous for showing off versatility in range and dynamics.

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2 Music of The Night: Rob’s party piece from Phantom of the Opera. He’s been singing it at gigs for about as long as Michael Crawford has, but it does go down well.

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3 Ol Man River: Another favourite from Showboat. Who can beat the golden oldies?

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4 The Madman Song: From a new musical based on the novel The Singer. An example of the type of song Rob is offered to sing in other peoples studios.

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5 What’s Happened to Christmas day: The vocal from a session for songwriter David Halverson.

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6 Winnie-the-Pooh – Chapter 6: An example of the versatility needed to read an audiobook.

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Rob played the Beast in Disney’s Beauty & the Beast in June 2010, with this being the number that closed the first act. It also gives you a sneaky look at the vocal booth – click to play:

click to enlarge pictures of Rob in performance:

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Mr CellophaneBeauty and the BeastFred Barrett. TITANIC

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Rob and First Night in concert – Click to play:

Rob is available to sing as a soloist or in a group for private functions, weddings, funerals and yes, bar mitzvahs.