Robert Hanson obtained his Ph.D., an analytical study of Webern, in 1976. He began teaching at Dartington College of Arts in 1974, moving to Morley College, London in 1991 to take up the position of Director of Music. He served at Morley nearly as long as his most distinguished predecessor, Gustav Holst; his history series Music in Time and lecture-recitals with the Allegri Quartet were hugely appreciated at the College. From 2007 he worked freelance as a composer, conductor and lecturer. His varied compositional output includes the forty-part motet And There Shall Be No Night There – a companion piece to Tallis’s Spem in Alium – a string quartet for the Allegri Quartet, and a song cycle Thanksgiving Music recorded by Sarah Leonard on the Cala label. The St David’s Mass was completed just before his death in January 2019.