After studying both classical music and jazz at Leeds
College of Music, specializing in composition, clarinet and saxophone,
theatre work became interspersed with multi-media performances and more
As musical director for the Liverpool Playhouse scored the first Professional British production of the Brecht musical 'The Last Days of the Commune'.
Creator of an influential genre of children's music for the BBC's Popular television series 'Take Hart' and held the coveted ‘Gallery’ spot for several years. The economy of style necessary in creating this large body of work for children produced music of charm, innocence and surprise.
Contributor of several albums to the KPM music library, and a writer for and leader of various groups, in styles as diverse as performance art with his trio ‘Leeds’ and reggae band ‘Steppin Out’and the blues with Giles Hedley.
Formed ‘The Angel of The Odd’, an improvising orchestra of up to twenty instrumentalists with ‘The Odd Opera Chorus’, to accompany silent films with renowned improvisers. An acclaimed performance to the 1922 vampire movie ‘Nosferatu’ featured Maggie Nichols as narrator Professor Van Hellsing, addressing the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington.
To further the boundaries of the of the performance aspect of music and reduce the distinction between an idea and its execution , Bob continues to work with these soloists and other radical performers contributing to projects like Ken Campbell’s 24 hour marathon play ‘The Warp’.
Plays in the New York based band ‘The Repeatos’ whose music is an anarchic mix of anything and everything. From English folk tunes through world and dance rhythms to abstract noise constructions, The Repeatos are one minute soothing the heart and the next re-arranging the brain. A highlight was performing Sun Ra’s old gig - the Halloween parade down Sixth Avenue.
Toured with singer-songwriter and traveler Rory McLeod, appearing on most of his recordings
Whilst currently working in his Soho studio on films of the artist Peter Howson’s paintings and a long awaited opera, Bob can often be heard jamming at informal venues in London’s West End.
The Press Say...
best piano yet on vinyl,"
praise to the virtuoso clarinetist."
sax, Morgan honks away like Bud Freeman, a great exponent of the art."
leave you wondering why most musicians bother getting out of bed in the
" …a solution of considerable ingenuity…..gibbering trumpet…double
bass grates hideously…shuddering pizzicato... Around the core players
musicians weave a web of atmospheric sound…strange chorales…demonic
hissing and spitting.. swirling string arpeggios…the music itself
extraordinary night out…such an engrossing atmosphere, I hardly
want to watch a film any other way…the arrangements and energy simple
riveting…all plus excellent sound effects…chattering crowds…steam
engines departing…the supreme champion was the barking and growling
of Lulu’s dog from Alan Tomlinson’s trombone, end even the
sound of lapping whisky! I sat there with eyes wide open all night,"