Christopher Robinson (musician)

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Christopher John Robinson CVO CBE (born 20 April 1936)[1] is an English conductor and organist.

After being organ scholar at Christ Church, Oxford, in 1963 he became Organist and Master of the Choristers at Worcester Cathedral. He was conductor of the City of Birmingham Choir between 1964 and 2002. In 1974, he became Organist and Choirmaster at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, a position he held until 1991.

He conducted the Oxford Bach Choir from 1976 to 1997. He became Organist and Director of Music at St John's College, Cambridge in 1992, leading the choir there until his retirement in 2003.

From 2015 to 2018, he was Mentor to the Organ Scholars at Downing College, Cambridge.[2][3]

In 2023, Robinson was one of twelve composers asked to write new pieces for the coronation of Charles III and Camilla. His fanfares were performed by the fanfare trumpeters of the Royal Air Force, conducted by Wing Commander Piers Morrell.[4]


  1. ^ "Birthdays today". The Daily Telegraph. 20 April 2012. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2014. Mr Christopher Robinson, Organist and Director of Music, St John's College, Cambridge, 1991–2003, 76
  2. ^ "Downing College : Middlemass Term 2017" (PDF). Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Downing appoints its first Director of College and Chapel Music". 8 October 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  4. ^ Royal Family, "New music commissions for the coronation service at Westminster Abbey", 17 April 2023. Retrieved 9 May 2023.

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Preceded by Organist, Worcester Cathedral
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Preceded by Conductor, City of Birmingham Choir
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Preceded by Director of Music, St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
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Preceded by Director of Music, St John's College, Cambridge
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