Award-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist and bassist of the band Dutch Uncles, Robin Richards was bitten by the music bug at the tender age of seven when he was given his first guitar, and has continued to feed his passion for composing and playing ever since. In 2004, Robin and his four closest school friends began playing together to later become Dutch Uncles. He has composed the music and arranged the orchestral instrumentation for the band's five albums to date (Dutch Uncles - 2008, Cadenza - 2011, Out Of Touch In The Wild - 2013, O Shudder - 2015, Big Balloon - 2017).
In 2011, Robin graduated from The University of Salford with a first class honours degree in Music, specialising in composition and arranging. He studied under esteemed composer and conductor, Joe Duddell, famed for his work with Elbow and James, and it was at the university where Robin received two awards, The Elgar Howarth Composition Shield in 2010 and The Award for Innovative Audience Engagement in 2011 for his football World Cup themed composition, 'Fabio Acapella'. Robin's composition style uses rhythmic, melodic and mathematical themes to realise a concept, taking influence from composers such as Steve Reich and Igor Stravinsky, and more contemporary artists such as Kate Bush, Tears For Fears and Talking Heads.
Robin's first solo composition project to be released was 'Washington Trapeze', an intricate chamber piece based on the most technically demanding form of circus acts. A live performance of the composition was premiered at Festival Number 6 in Portmeirion in September 2013.
In 2015, he was commissioned by Manchester arts and cinema space HOME for the opening weekend of their Music and Film season. In a collaboration with the RNCM, Robin composed an original score for Hungarian director Paul Fejos 1928 film, 'Lonesome'. Two sold out screenings of the film, accompanied by a live performance of the new score took place on the 24th and 25th of May 2015.
His latest project is ’Birdsong - Stories from Pripyat’, a 40-minute film and live score in collaboration with visual artist Clara Casian, based on first hand testimonies of evacuees and liquidators cleaning the contaminated land following the Chernobyl disaster on 26th April 1986. The project uses a novel, holistic and integrated interpretation of personal accounts alongside scientific and historical material, underpinned by nuclear research and archival footage sourced from Dovzhenko Centre, Kiev. Three screenings of the film with live performances of the soundtrack took place in Autumn 2016. Birdsong - Stories from Pripyat was supported by Arts Council England, The University of Salford, HOME Manchester and Old Granada Studios.
07/10/16 - ‘Birdsong - Stories from Pripyat’ @ Peel Hall, Salford
06/10/16 - ‘Birdsong - Stories from Pripyat’ @ The Plaza, Stockport
30/09/16 - ‘Birdsong - Stories from Pripyat’ @ HOME, Manchester SOLD OUT
04/09/15 - ‘Lonesome Preludes’ @ Festival No. 6, Portmeirion
25/05/15 - ‘Lonesome’ @ HOME, Manchester SOLD OUT
24/05/15 - ‘Lonesome’ @ HOME, Manchester SOLD OUT
13/09/13 - ‘Washington Trapeze’ @ Festival No. 6, Portmeirion