Robert Rathbone has been Director of Music at the Sacred Heart since 1996, succeeding Martyn Parry. After joining the choir at St Mary’s Parish Church in Merton Park at the age of 17, he took up the organ and went on to read music at Royal Holloway College, London. After graduating he held posts as organist and choirmaster at three London churches, including St Matthew’s in West Wimbledon, before crossing the divide to the Sacred Heart. In addition to directing the choir at the Latin Mass every week, he has conducted many performances of major choral works at the church (the performance of the Verdi Requiem in 2016 was a particular highlight). 2018 sees a performance of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius on June 9th.
He spent his entire teaching career at next-door Wimbledon College from 1980-2017, and was Director of Music there from 1984-2013. He is now a freelance musician, including working in this marvellous building. He is also Musical Director for the parish amdram group, Edge Hill Players, with two very successful pantomimes and a spectacular production of ‘Oklahoma!’ under his belt.