Drapers' Hall piano

Robert Ramskill

Sun 22 May 2022

Two collections of new piano music by Coventry composer Robert Ramskill will be given their world première performances on May 22nd at Drapers’ Hall.

In the morning a set of pieces written for the use of elementary and intermediate level pianists will be played by local pupils. One of these pieces is called ‘Land of the Tiger’ and that title is also given to the group of pieces as a whole.

In the afternoon the complete set of 24 Preludes for Piano will be played by local virtuoso pianists Julian Hellaby, Cecilia Xi and Darren Leaper. The pieces display the many influences (ranging from Bach, Chopin and Debussy to Bartok, Popular Music and Jazz) from which Robert has developed his own personal style.

"You have such a mastery of the piano that it was good to see your works standing shoulder to shoulder with those of more well-known composers.….and to sense the palpable enjoyment and admiration of your music by the erudite audience”. David Fisher, chairman of the Central Composers’ Alliance.



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Performances start at 11am and 2pm (the 2pm performance will have an interval)


Robert Ramskill was born in Leeds. He studied music at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth (where he gained the degrees of B.Mus. with 1st class honours and M.Mus.). He moved to Coventry in 1975 to take up a post as music lecturer, initially at the Coventry School of Music and later as Principal Lecturer and Course Director for the music degree courses at Coventry University. He retired from this post in September 2009 and in that year was also awarded a PhD by composition portfolio at Coventry University.

During his time as a teacher he feels that he played a part in making new generations of music students aware of the importance of traditional musical values. Working with young musicians for 34 years also ensured that he always kept in touch with contemporary developments in music.

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