Robert Woolley is well known as a harpsichord and organ soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player: his acclaimed solo recordings include discs of harpsichord, organ and fortepiano works by Tallis, Gibbons, Byrd, Frescobaldi, Purcell, Weckmann, Bohm, Handel, Bach, Scarlatti and Seixas for EMI, Virgin, Archiv, Hyperion, and Chandos, including discs of the Partitas by J.S. Bach for Chandos.
He has given performances in the UK, USA, South America, Japan, Austria, France, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary, and was artist-in-residence at Washington University, St. Louis. He regularly broadcasts for the BBC, and programmes have included many recordings on historic organs, harpsichords and fortepianos.
His recording of Sweelinck’s complete keyboard works is in progress, playing the 17th century van Hagerbeer organ at the Pieterskerk in Leiden, (www.pieterskerk.com) copies by Malcolm Rose and Andrew Garlick of harpsichords by Ludowic Theewes, a virginals by David Evans after Hans Grawels and a muselaar by Adlam Burnett after Ruckers, and the 1623 Hans Scherer organ in Tangermunde, a historic town on the Elbe River, in the district of Stendal, in Saxony-Anhalt.
Earlier this year Robert gave a recital at Buckingham Palace of music composed for the First Hanoverian Monarchs, playing an instrument commissioned by Frederick, Prince of Wales, in 1740, which is now part of the Royal Collection of Her Majesty the Queen. He also made recordings of this instrument that can be heard on http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/
He also took part in a short film about the collection with Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures, on
Robert made a solo tour of the USA this year, including concerts at St Thomas’s Church, New York, Charlottesville, and Newark, and gave a recital and masterclasses on the 2014 Oundle Organ Week in the Oundle International Festival.
He is professor of harpsichord, clavichord and continuo at the Royal College of Music, London (www.rcm.ac.uk), and also works with students privately.