Robert is a Sheffield based free-lance musician: Conductor, accompanist, arranger, composer and teacher. Oh, and of course, one third of Crimes Against Taste
Robert Webb was born in Guisborough, North Yorkshire, and became involved in music when he joined the church choir and began piano lessons aged seven. When he was old enough he started to learn the organ as well.
He studied law at Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he continued his musical interests with a choral scholarship. Whilst an undergraduate he also became assistant organist at the University Church in Cambridge. His music making continued when he went to Chester Law College, singing daily services in Cathedral there as a lay-clerk and conducting the College of Law Choir.
Robert returned to Cambridge to work as a solicitor during which time he was also organist at Trumpington Church, and conducted several choirs. In 1996 he decided music was a greater calling and left the law to become a full time musician, moving to Oxford and, for a time working as a motorcycle courier to fulfil a teenage dream. Whilst there he was organist for a time at the Church of St Mary and St John, Cowley Road, then moved to Wallingford to take up the post of Director of Music at St Mary-le-More and St Leonard’s there. In 2000 he became director of the Cathedral Singers in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. Whilst in Oxfordshire he also directed Lord Williams Festival Chorus in Thame, and Didcot and Henley Choral Societies.
In 2003, Robert returned to his native Yorkshire to take up the post of Director of Music at St John’s Church, Ranmoor, Sheffield, a post which he held until August 2010.
Robert is now conductor of the Sheffield Chamber Choir, the Sheffield Sterndale Singers, and Bel Canto Choir, Musical Director of Sheffield City Opera, and accompanist to the Sheffield University Singers’ Society. He teaches singing at Broomhill Infant School, and Phillimore Primary School, and is a member of staff at Hill House School, Doncaster, teaching piano, singing and is one of their principal accompanists. He also has an active private teaching practice.
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