Musical Director

Sept 30 , 2009 by Mark Wrightson

Robin Norman

Robin Described as "probably the most talented Musician to appear from his mother's womb", Robin was born in Kings Lynn, Norfolk in 1973. His musical life started on the tuba at the age of eleven upon commencement at Springwood High School, Kings Lynn. He quickly progressed through the school and county ensembles and received many awards including being named "Best Bass Player" at the East Anglian Solo Championships on many occasions as well as a solo performance on the BBC1 children's television programme "Secret's Out" (A child's version of "What's My Line"). In 1990 he joined Matthews Norfolk Brass, his first brass band experience. It was also this year that he was awarded "Most Outstanding Soloist" at the National Concert Band Festival for his performance of "Bass in the Ballroom", and joined the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain achieving principal tuba on his first course, a rare achievement.

Following further tuition form the internationally acclaimed soloist Steve Sykes and endless support from his parents Polly and David, Robin gained a place at the Birmingham Conservatoire in 1991. During this time he performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Brass Pages Quintet and many brass bands in addition to experiencing much success in solo competitions. It was also during this period that he first experienced conducting, taking lessons from Dennis Masters and Steven Mead whilst conducting smaller groups within the Conservatoire.

Robin graduated from the Conservatoire in 1995 with a First Class Honours degree and continued his playing and conducting commitments alongside a successful career in Music Publishing. From 1997 to 2005 he was the solo E-flat Bass with the world-reknowned ‘GUS’ Band where he was also conductor of the bands 10-piece ensemble. He has also performed with many brass bands including the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Brighouse and Rastrick and the Polysteel Band as well as many of the U.K’s top professional orchestras. In his active role as a conductor Robin has worked with many brass bands including GUS, Redbridge, Thoresby Colliery and City of Cambridge. Most recently he was the musical director of the Ipswich and Norwich Co-op Band with whom he had a highly successful five-year partnership steering them to the Championship Section nationally with appearances at the National Finals as well as being crowned ‘Champion Band of East Anglia’ for the first time in their history in 2008, a title they retained in 2009. Robin is now honoured to be appointed as the full-time musical director of the Raunds Temperance Band, a great team of musicians who work very hard and have a bright future, as well as undertaking numerous guest conductor engagements with Brass Bands, Concert Bands and Orchestras throughout the U.K.

Robin works as a full-time music teacher and is based near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, where he lives with his wife Rebecca and his children, James (b.2001), and Charlotte (b.2007).