ABOUT CALUM


In January 2010 he performed Carl Nielsen's clarinet concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as part of a joint scheme with the RCS and in February that year he was interviewed and broadcast Sir James MacMillan's solo work From Galloway on BBC Radio 3.

In January 2014 he was awarded The Harriet Cohen Memorial Award for young musicians establishing careers resulting in a new commission for clarinet and choir by Claire McCue called Kneeling which he has since recorded with Old Saint Paul’s choir, Edinburgh.

Calum freelances with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Orchestra of Scottish Opera and has appeared as Guest Principal with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and the RSNO.

In August 2013 he made his Edinburgh International Festival debut in a performance of Pierrot Lunaire with Scottish Ballet. He plays with The David Patrick Ensemble and recorded an album, The Jazz Rites of Spring, in 2015.

As organist, Calum is Assistant Organist at Old Saint Paul’s, Episcopal Church, Edinburgh and is part of the trumpet and organ duo, Pistons and Pipes, with Tom Poulson.
Calum has commissioned and premiered many new works including “Prey” by Claire McCue, “Reed Talk” by Rory Boyle, Twitch by American composer Tim Miles and “Hot Chocolate” by American composer, Kyle Berry.

QUALIFICATIONS


Calum is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, receiving a BMus Honours first class degree in July 2011 and a Masters in Performance in November 2012 on clarinet, having studied with John Cushing (former Principal RSNO).

During those five years he won The Mary D. Adams Prize for Chamber Music, the Classical Concerto Competition and The Governors’ Woodwind Recital Prize.

Some Recent Reviews

  • The following night, the church was even more deeply candlelit for a thoughtful intelligent programme of music for clarinet and soprano beginning with Michael Nyman’s brilliant Mannahatta, Calum Robertson’s bass clarinet dancing in an exhilarating angular rhythmic workout while soprano Sally Carr's radiant soprano celebrated the vibrancy of New York with Walt Whitman’s words

  • The tub of hot chocolate topped with cream on arrival at the candle lit Old Saint Paul's Scottish Episcopal Church towards the end of a busy day at the Fringe is extraordinarily welcome. With a considerable sized audience to hear them, soprano Sally Carr and clarinettist Calum Robertson were ready to enchant us - and they succeeded.

  • ...Mendelssohn's Konzertstuck No. 2 just flowed, with each movement seamlessly easing into the next.
    Calum Robertson, charmed and seduced every pair of ears in the house with his alluring, chocolatey playing of the basset horn, the un-trumpeted sex symbol of the woodwind family.

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