Robert's debut CD The Franz Liszt Memorial Organ in Weimar (see the CD page for details) has recently been reviewed in The Organ and the Organ Club Journal:
"[T]he organ produces tones that are clean and exact, which is ideally exploited in those works where a clear texture is required, as in Liszt's ethereal reworking of Arcadelt's Ave Maria, or the crystalline lines of Pärt's [...] Annum per annum. [...] The rapid flourishes of Patrick Gowers's Occasional Trumpet Voluntary are fluid, and the premiere of the twenty-year-old Bertie Baigent's Bright spark is suitably luminous. [...] [Robert Smith's] playing is accomplished and dependable."
**** (four-star rating)
Curtis Rogers, The Organ Magazine No. 375 (February-April 2016), p. 53
"Robert shows what this organ can do in a 62-minute programme featuring 12 works. He starts with Bach BWV 546, then Bright spark, a world première recording of Bertie Baigent [born 1995] of a work commissioned for the concert. [...] A very enjoyable recording, and especially pleasing to have a disc from a young player. - Well done, Robert. I would suggest a visit to the company website http://www.jubal.de - allow plenty of time."
Organ Club Journal 2016/1, p. 66
On Sunday 20th March Robert will be accompanying a performance of John Stainer's oratorio The Crucifixion at the Central Methodist Church, York.
The choir will be conducted by John Bradbury and the two solo parts will be sung by James Brown (tenor) and Mark Wharfedale (bass).
Singers who are interested in joining the choir are requested to bring a copy of the Novello score if possible. Please send an email to this address specifying the part you will be singing by 10th March 2016.
The performance starts at 6:30pm, with a rehearsal at 2:30pm.