Robin McEwan - Music Hub Manager
Conductor Arranger, Composer and Educator
Robin won an open scholarship to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music (now the Royal Scottish Conservatoire) and obtained a Dip.Mus.Ed. (Graduate Diploma) before going on to post-graduate study in conducting and composition. He also has a B Mus Hons from the University of Durham, an LRAM in conducting and a PGCE Certificate with Distinction from Jordanhill College of Education.
He has taught in Renfrewshire, Jersey, the Borough of Richmond and Sheffield, has been an A Level examiner for Southern Board and, since 2011, has been a Manager at Sheffield Music Hub.
Since 2003, as a composer and Advanced Skills Teacher, he has led the “Powerplus” composing project in secondary schools in Sheffield in collaboration, firstly with the Northern Chamber Orchestra, now with Ensemble 360. This project aims to provide opportunities for young composers to have their music performed by professional players and to bring that professionalism into school students’ and teachers’ musical experience. The project has won prizes and has international recognition in research by Professor Stephanie Pitts of the University of Sheffield published in the International Journal of Education and the Arts.
Robin also has, parallel to his education career, a conducting, performing and composing career. As Principal Conductor of the Jersey Symphony Orchestra he conducted concertos with Nigel Kennedy, Julian Lloyd Webber, Igor Oistrakh, Alexander Markov and John Wallace. He has conducted the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, North West Pops Orchestra, City of Glasgow Philharmonic, Heart of England Philharmonic, National Youth String Orchestra of Scotland and the Northern Chamber Orchestra. In the theatre he has conducted Birmingham Royal Ballet and has been Assistant Musical Director of the Phantom of the Opera. He has encouraged young soloists early in their careers by giving them concerto opportunities; these have included Adrian Bradbury, Ben Gregor-Smith, Tom Osborn, Hannah Smalley and Hannah Blumsohn.
As a composer he has been broadcast on Radio 3, recorded by Decca and performed on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. His arrangements and compositions are played by major British symphony orchestras as well as many in Europe and as far afield as Malaysia, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Australia. He has also played with the London Sinfonietta at the BBC Proms, the organ in the Royal Albert Hall and been Musical Supervisor on an episode of Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.