Assistant Organist (to July 2023)
Robin Walker began his musical life as a chorister at Ripon Cathedral. After a gap-year organ scholarship at Blackburn Cathedral, he took organ studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He won all the major organ prizes, and graduated with honours in his BMus performance degree. He continued with postgraduate studies, gaining his Postgraduate diploma with distinction and being awarded the DipRAM in the year 2000.
Robin has developed a career combining solo and ensemble performance as organist and continuo player, and also choral conducting and teaching. He has performed across Europe, the USA and to Hong Kong and New Zealand, and appeared on BBC and commercial radio and television.
Robin led the restoration of two historically important instruments; the 1558 Zefferini organ of Florence's (Italy) 10th-century abbey church (where he served as organist for two years), and the 1734 rare Baroque organ of St Giles-in-the-Fields London (where he was Director of Music from 2000), recording acclaimed discs on both of these instruments. As a champion for new music Robin has given a great many world premieres and worked closely with Frederick Frahm, Nimrod Borenstein, John Ellis and Alexander Levine.
Robin conducts the Ipswich Choral Society and Sevenoaks-based chamber choir Cantate. He is an accredited teacher for the Royal College of Organists, organ teacher at Woodbridge School and The King’s School Canterbury, and also teaches organ in a number of Cambridge colleges.
Robin is delighted to be Assistant Organist of Canterbury Cathedral.