Robert Rathbone

 

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. He has been a teacher at Wimbledon College since 1980, and Director of Music there from 1984-2013. He still teaches at the College part-time (and was Musical Director for the school’s production of West Side Story in March 2016) but finally retires from the school in July this year to continue as a freelance musician, including working in this marvellous building. He is also Musical Director for the Edge Hill Players, and is working towards a production of ‘Oklahoma!’ in September this year.