Robert has taught brass for Durham Music Service since 1987 and been an Assistant Head since 2001 managing the North area of County Durham. He is responsible for co-ordinating all the exam sessions Durham Music Service runs.

Robert feels he is a recommendation for Durham Music Service in that he is a ‘product’ of the Service, having received lessons in school and been part of the ensemble structure from the age of 14. It was these opportunities which afforded Robert the opportunity to pursue music as a career. He plays the tuba and now participates in local orchestral and choral society concerts.

Over time he has conducted many ensembles from beginner to county level, both within and outside of Durham Music Service. These have included brass, wind and string ensembles as well as full bands and orchestras.

Robert enjoys helping students to achieve their best while looking at all aspects of their development as young people in today’s challenging environment. This includes educating them on the musical history and theory behind the music they study. He runs two theory classes primarily aimed at those wanting to pass grade 5 ABRSM theory, but also for those wishing to develop their general understanding of music to a greater degree.