Born: December 13th, 1908, Leeds (United Kingdom)
Died: July 24th, 1974
Eric Robinson studied the violin at the Royal College of Music, London. At 23, he joined the BBC as a violinist and became a member of the broadcaster’s regular TV orchestra. When normal broadcasting resumed during the latter half of World War II, Robinson was appointed conductor of the BBC Television Orchestra. Soon, he became a household name, mainly by virtue of the popular monthly show ‘Music for you’, highlighting light classical repertoire, which he both introduced and conducted. In 1952, the show was awarded with the Television Society’s Silver Medal. On top of that, he collaborated in countless other radio and TV broadcasts featuring the most popular vocalists of that time. Eric Robinson tried his hand at film score composing in 1947 with ‘Old Mother Riley’s New Venture’. His elder brother Stanford Robinson (1904-1984), whose musical style was more classically orientated, was a composer and like his brother conducted for the BBC for many years.
Eric Robinson was the musical director of the Eurovision Song Contests of 1960 and 1963, both organised in London. On top of that, he conducted five UK entries between 1957 and 1965, coming second on three occasions. As the contest’s MD, he helped out the delegation of Luxembourg in 1960, which had not brought along a conductor to London – something he did again three years later for the Netherlands, Switzerland and Luxembourg.
In due course, a more extensive biography on Eric Robinson will be published on this website
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