A taster of current and recent projects...

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

A versatile bass player who loves theatre. Recent work includes the debut shows of Piaf the Songs with Eve Loiseau; Stand and Stare with Saira Todd; Cremenville (Pete Wyer) and Insomnia Poems with Pete Wyer, Steve Dalachinsky Mike Cross, Eve Loiseau and Chris Cundy; community choir with Sarah Tennant Flowers and various jazz ensembles, from duo to quintet with Will Talbot and many cabaret and Burlesque shows.

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

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.                              

Current projects include...

Live shows are starting this in early 2017 for my back catalogue. Some tunes written as long ago as 1980 are getting new airings with fresh arrangements. Check back for more details.

Currently preparing the CD of 'door poems', words by Steve Dalachinsky, music setting by Perry. The amazing Wendy Nieper, soprano and Lee Axford, piano did an amazing recording of the 6 song cycle, composed in 2009 after having worked with Steve on 'Insomnia poems'.

Composer and Musical Director of 'Tracks' by Brick Door Theatre Company. A brand new theatre company producing powerful and interesting works.  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 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 percussion 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!"


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 1-7) Settings composed 2009

Words by Steve Dalachinsky. CD available early 2017. Steve performing his poems with musical setting played by Lee Axford, piano and Wendy Nieper, soprano.

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