Robert Lewis is a conductor, performer and educator. Born in Cardiff, he began his musical training as a chorister at Westminster Cathedral under the direction of David Hill and James O’Donnell and later won a choral scholarship to the Oratory School and New College, Oxford, where he read Music.
He founded his first choir at the age of 16 and a few years later was conducting regularly for concerts, radio and television broadcasts. He has worked with such artists as Sir Charles Mackerras, David Hill, Sir Karl Jenkins, the London Mozart Players and James Bowman.
In 2007, he co-founded ‘Excelsis’ and continues to be its Director of Music. Since its foundation, the choir has performed to critical acclaim and premiered Karl Jenkins’ The Healer for Grayshott Concerts and Classic FM. It has featured on a BBC Radio 3 broadcast, performed at the Royal Albert Hall and St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, and spent over 6 months in the specialist classical charts featuring on the album, Still with the Music.
Robert specialises in developing choirs and voices of all ages, in particular encouraging boys to sing. In this capacity, his choirs have reached the televised finals of the BBC ‘Songs of Praise Choir of the Year’ Competition and sung for His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, in a televised performance in front of 40,000 people.
As a singer, Robert has made over 25 recordings and toured numerous countries. He is also Director of Music of Grayshott Concerts, who have lead the way across the country by their huge success in bringing world class artists to their local community. In addition, Robert directs the choristers of St Thomas-on- the Bourne and ‘Vox’ Chamber Choir, is Head of Vocal Studies at Edgeborough School and acts as a choral consultant, composer and accompanist.