Robin Bigwood

Robin Bigwood – harpsichord/organ

Robin Bigwood with Anon 1667 harpsichord, showing decorated soundboard
Robin Bigwood

As a continuo harpsichordist and organist Robin is a core member of Passacaglia and Feinstein Ensemble, and with them has played in most of the UK’s major festivals, in London’s concert halls, and in Europe. He has also performed and toured widely with London Baroque, Florilegium, The Sixteen, King’s Consort, Scottish Ensemble and Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Recent solo harpsichord engagements have included Bach concertos and Preludes & Fugues in King’s Place, London, and English virginal music at Handel and Hendrix Museum in London. New solo recordings of Bach, Buxtehude and Byrd are due for release in 2018. Published writing includes articles for Gramophone, Early Music Today and Early Music Review. Robin teaches harpsichord, fortepiano and continuo at Birmingham Conservatoire, and has also taught at Trinity Laban and the Yehudi Menuhin School.

At the piano, Robin has a duo partnership with recorder player Annabel Knight – their recording of Gordon Jacob’s recorder works for Naxos received much critical acclaim. He also worked with Christopher Hogwood and Britten Sinfonia for a series of concerts, performing Martinu’s Sinfonia Concertante.

Alongside his work in the purely classical sphere, Robin is a respected music technologist. He founded the ensemble Art of Moog, which plays ‘21st century Hyper-Bach’ on synthesizers. He also works with major music publishers and record labels as a producer, sound recordist, editor and programmer. His own label, Barn Cottage Records, now has nearly 20 albums in its catalogue, and was set up to give entrepreneurial musicians a platform for specialist projects. Since 2001 Robin has also written extensively – almost 300 techniques articles and equipment reviews – for the industry recording magazine Sound on Sound.