Robert Steadman

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Robert Steadman (born April 1, 1965) is a British composer and conductor of classical music who mostly works in a post-minimalist style but also writes lighter music, including musicals, and compositions for educational purposes.



Steadman was born in Chiswick, London and brought up in Basingstoke, Hampshire. He was a pupil at the Richard Aldworth School, before studying on the Pre-Professional Music Course at Cricklade College, Andover. In 1984 he gained an Associate of the Royal College of Music (A.R.C.M.) in tuba. He read music at Keble College, Oxford, graduating in 1986.

Steadman continued to live in Oxford for several years and began teaching in a freelance capacity in a number of schools. He moved to Shepherd's Bush before briefly living in Wiltshire and then Epsom, Surrey. During this time he taught in a College of Further Education in Chelsea as well as becoming composer-in-residence at the City of London Freemen's School, Ashtead, Surrey. He also ran a small music publishing company, C.P.M.

In 1995, Steadman moved to Nottinghamshire and, following his marriage to Tracy Fudge in 2000, he moved to Matlock, Derbyshire in 2001. They have one son.

Steadman currently teaches at Lady Manners School, Bakewell whilst also working for the City of Nottingham LEA and lecturing for Nottingham Trent University.

Steadman has written several compositions specifically to raise awareness of political and social issues and to raise funds for charitable organisations. Some of the pieces he has offered as downloads over the internet in return for a charitable donation have featured in performances internationally.


While most of his output has been written for amateurs and young musicians he has also written several pieces of music for the percussionist Evelyn Glennie, for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, for the London Brass Virtuosi, and for the East of England Orchestra. He has written three symphonies and two operas, but is best known for his choral compositions. He has also written many chamber music pieces, including those for the Holywell Ensemble. One of his anthems was used at the memorial service for the Dunblane Massacre. He's even branched out into radio jingles and wrote a song for the BBC Radio One DJ, Chris Evans.

Steadman uses strong rhythms and broad melodies. He has been stylistically compared to Michael Nyman and Mike Oldfield.

Symphonies and other orchestral music

  • The Elements: a chamber symphony is for a large mixed ensemble and uses the elements of Fire, Water, Wind, and Earth as influences for its four movements.
  • Symphony No 2: The Death of Stalin is for soprano solo, large choir, and large orchestra, and tells of the astonishing events surrounding the death and funeral of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. The piece was commissioned by Nottingham Youth Orchestra and was premiered by them, conducted by Derek Williams, at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, in March 2003, the fiftieth anniversary of Stalin's death.

Steadman has also arranged a number of folk songs for orchestra including "She Moves Through the Fair" (recently performed at Symphony Hall, Birmingham ), "Simple Gifts", and "In Dulci Fidelis" ( a combination of "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "In Dulci Jubilo").

Operas and musicals

Steadman also wrote a mini-opera for children, The Travelling Circus, which was commissioned by the West Oxfordshire Arts Association; it lasts just twelve minutes.

As well as the music for a number of plays and dance productions, Steadman has written two musicals with writers Paul and Sharon Sansom:

Choral music

Wind band music


Steadman has, naturally, conducted many performances of his own works but also Handel's Messiah, Vivaldi's Gloria, and much orchestral music. He has particularly worked with many youth music organisations incluing the Oxford Youth Band and Nottingham Music School Orchestra. In November 2005 he will conduct the Lady Manners School Orchestra at the Schools Prom at the Royal Albert Hall, London. He has also been Musical Director for many musicals and shows.


  • Mr DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up... (1997)
    • Performers: The Holywell Ensemble
    • Record label: Mapa Mundi
  • The Rains are Coming (1997)
    • Performers: The Scottish Saxophone Quartet
    • Record label: SSQ
  • Nottingham Songbook (2000)
  • Kintamarni (2003)
    • Performers: Kintamarni Saxophone Quartet
    • Record label: Kintamarni
    • Includes "The Rains are Coming"

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