Robin Orr was born Brechin. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London and Pembroke College, Cambridge. Following studies with Casella and Boulanger he returned to Cambridge in 1938 as Organist of St John’s College. After the war, he was a lecturer at Cambridge and a professor at the RCM, then Professor of Music at the University of Glasgow from 1956-65. In 1965 he became a Professor of Music at Cambridge University, a post he held until his retirement in 1976 (now Emeritus). His works include three operas: Full Circle (STV for Scottish Opera, 1968), Hermiston (Edinburgh International Festival, 1975) and On the Razzle (RSAMD, 1988), three symphonies, and the Sinfonietta Helvetica (1990), alongside church music and solo and chamber works.
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