Biography of Robin Orr
Professor Robert Kemsley (known as Robin) Orr (1909-2006) held the Gardiner Chair of Music from 1956 until 1964.
Orr studied at the Royal College of Music in London. This was followed by further study in Cambridge, Siena and Paris. From 1938 to 1956 he was organist and director of studies at St John's College, Cambridge.
Orr was Professor of Music in the University of Cambridge from 1964 to 1976. He was Chair of Scottish Opera from 1962 to 1976 and Director of the Welsh National Opera from 1971 to 1983.