Originally from Bath, Robert encountered youth orchestras at all levels; school, music centre and the County of Avon Schools Orchestra with whom he visited Bermuda, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines….and Tewkesbury Abbey.
He is a Graduate and Fellow of Trinity College of Music, London, studying with John Burden, former principal horn of the London Symphony Orchestra. Playing experience as a student included principal horn with the Snape Maltings Training Orchestra, working with conductors such as Gennadi Rohzdestvensky, Rudolph Schwarz, Elmer Bernstein, Alexander Schneider, George Malcolm and Hugh Maguire.
He achieved Grade 8 piano under the guidance of the ever patient Valda Aveling, and gained a PGCE, before coming to Nottinghamshire as a brass teacher in 1980.
Over the years he has taught many former NYO brass players, and currently is teaching or has started off students in all the orchestras - NTO, NYIO and NYO. He is also Nottinghamshire Representative for Trinity College London music examinations.
He has performed concertos locally with the NPO, NSO, NCO and the Orchestra of the Restoration, is a member of the Nottingham Wind Quintet and also the brass quintet A Touch of Brass.
He works as a freelance horn player with various professional orchestras, including the National Festival Orchestra, British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, English Philharmonic Orchestra, English Pro Musica and plays for many local choral societies and operatic groups.
He conducts the Trent Concert Band, has been Musical Director for West Bridgford and Long Eaton Operatic Societies, and has conducted at the NCT’s Bandwise courses.
Robert writes for BASBWE in their Winds magazine, and contributed for many years to the British Horn Society’s Horn Magazine.
A recent musical highlight was performing Poulenc’s Elegie and Franz Strauss’ Nocturne with Antony Clare (piano) at Southwell Minster in February 2005.