Robert Crawford was born near Edinburgh in 1925.
As a composer he had 2 main periods of composition. He started composing in the 1940s and stopped completely in the late 1950s. His String Quartet No.1 was written and performed at the 1951 ISCM Festival in Frankfurt, and String Quartet No.2 was commissioned by Glasgow University in 1956.
Music did not leave his life however and in 1970 became a Music Producer at the BBC, and he remained there till he retired in 1985.
With retiral he then had the time to start his composition again. In 1986 he was commissioned by Glasgow University again, this time to write an Octet. Various commissions have followed in the nineties and in the noughties.
He has 3 works on a Chamber Music CD showcasing John Veale and himself. These are his Elegiac Quintet for recorder and string quartet, 3 Two-part Inventions for recorder and clarinet, and his
Quintet for clarinet and string quartet.