Robert Reid Allan is a Scotish Composer and pianist , currently based in east London. 

A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Robert has worked with performers and ensembles including BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, percussionist Joby Burgess and cellist Oliver Coates. His hard-hitting, innovative work explores themes of violence, sexuality and politics.

Projects have included Physical Education, a work for actor, video and ensemble developed as Birmingham Contemporary Music Group’s Apprentice Composer-in-Residence 2018-19, which explores the violence, patriarchy and homophobia implicit in the high school gym class experience, which was nominated for the ISM Collaboration Prize at the Scottish Awards for New Music 2019; Terry Helenson’s Revolutionary Dreams, a cantata commissioned by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group to commemorate Karl Marx’s 200th anniversary; Anthems for Queer Youth, an interdisciplinary project exploring the meaning and importance of queerness to historical and contemporary artmaking; and Bermondsey, 1983, an ongoing documentary opera project examining the events surrounding the 1983 Bermondsey by-election, which saw the closeted bisexual Simon Hughes gain the seat following a bitter, violent and deeply homophobic campaign run against the openly gay Labour candidate Peter Tatchell.




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This composer has self-identified as LGBTQ+ - part of a platform intervention celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month 2021.

Through it we want to create a safe and inclusive digital space that allows for greater representation, celebration and recognition of LGBTQ+ composers and music-creators, whilst bringing their work to a wider audience.

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