Background and projects
A professional composer, bassist and educator based in Cheltenham, Perry has a passion for the written word and has worked collaboratively with many poets to lift the poetry from the page into song settings, and to create soundtracks for spoken word.

Perry is a versatile bass player who loves theatre. Recent work includes the debut show of Piaf the Songs with Eve Loiseau; Stand and Stare with Sara Todd; Cremenville (Pete Wyer) and Insomnia Poems with Pete Wyer, Steve Dalachinsky Mike Cross and Chris Cundy;
Community choir with Sarah Tennant Flowers; Various jazz ensembles, from duo to quintet with Will Talbot and cabaret show with Bobby Crush.

Perry is currently MD for Acoustic Beauty jazz trio, with a mission to put some humour and current songs into their repertoire. Previously the composer and MD for Gloucester Mystery Plays Quartet; Sixth Sense; JWR Collective.

Current projects include...

Perry is currently working on his new show with the working title, 'Fear'.  The show will bring together singers, dancers and  an ensemble of hand picked musicians.

Composer and Musical Director of 'Tracks' by Brick Door Theatre Company. A brand new theatre company producing powerful challenging work.  This show included collaborations from artist - Niki Hare, animation by Chris Hill and images of sculptures by Mitch Lewis.

Gloucester Mystery Plays Commission
A UNIQUE SOUND WORLD which seamlessly integrates Middle Eastern characteristics and folk rhythms with Latin texts has been created by composer Robert Perry to provide vibrant and imaginative music for the complete cycle of The Gloucester Mystery Plays.

For the plays, Perry has already composed over 20 pieces, many of which develop themes based around scales which give a Middle Eastern flavour. In keeping with music from that region, all his instrumental and choral works have a linear approach where the harmonies are driven by melodic momentum.

"Each instrument or voice is equal in importance with none taking precedence. There are solo passages, but no part is allowed to dominate," says Perry.

The instrumental music was written for a quartet of flute/recorder, violin, clarinet and percussion2 with the latter featuring high sounding drums, tambourines and gongs which enhance the melodic timbre.

In the first series of the mystery plays, Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir sang a cappella settings of Perry's Sanctus, Ave Maria, Gloria and Nunc Dimittis. Choir director Stephen Shellard says; " ... it was a fantastic voyage of discovery for myself and the choir, and one which we are very much looking forward to repeating in the Easter cycles!"

COLLABORATIONS UK COLLABORATIONS USA

Tracks (2013) - Soundtrack for new touring show by The Brick Door Theatre Company

Ice and Snow, This Longing Again and In Our Silence (2011) - Words by Jan-Maria Farrell. Voice and mixed ensembles.

The Name (2008)  Words by Anna Saunders. Soprano solo Evelyne Beech

(2005)  Eternity Ring Words by Sara-Jane Arbury. Voice and mixed ensemble.

(2008)  An Interrogation of prayer A poem for 3 readers. Words by Anna Saunders. World Premier, 29 July 2008 at Meantime Arts Space in Cheltenham. Sound design with voices; Dawn Stanley, Evelyne Beech and Benedict Perkins.

Door Poems (Numbers 1 - 6) 2009
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Words by Steve Dalachinsky Soprano and church organ. Evelyne Beech-soprano, John Swindells-organ.

Mr Wolf (2005)
Words by Merry Fortune for soprano and mixed ensemble.

AS INVITED BASSIST

Insomnia Poems (Wyer/Dalachinsky), commissioned by BBC Radio 3, broadcast March, 2009 and in December, 2009, as part of Radio 3's 'Best of Jazz on 3, 2009' 

Pete Wyer/Steve Dalachinsky, broadcast on Jazz on 3, 23 March 2009. The ensemble included, Pete Wyer, Steve Dalachinsky, Evelyne Beech, Chris Cundy, Robert Perry and Mike Cross. '

One of the most extraordinary sessions we have ever had ' Jez Nelson of the one hour Insomnia Poems for Jazz on 3, BBC Radio 3, March 2009 (performed as a live set at Pinewood studios).

Cremenville (2006)

Pete Wyer An immersive, labyrinthine fable combining theatre, video, sound design, operatic/folk singing and a virtuoso band of Cremenvillians.

The ensemble included, Pete Wyer - guitar, David Le Page - violin, Graham Instrall - percussion, Elizabeth Frankiln-Kitchen - soprano and Robert Perry on bass