OUR MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Robin Norman, was born in Norfolk in 1973. His musical life started at the age of eleven, when he began studying the Tuba at Springwood High School, Kings Lynn. As a Tubist Robin quickly moved through the school, regional and county ensembles. At sixteen, he was a finalist in the West Norfolk Young Musician of the Year, having won the brass section. He was also awarded ‘Most Outstanding Soloist’, in the 1990 National Concert Band Festival held in Manchester.
In 1991 Robin accepted an offer to study the Tuba at the Birmingham Conservatoire, and it was here that he first experienced conducting, by undertaking classes in orchestral, brass band and choir direction, tutored by the Conservatoire conductors in residence. Whilst a member of the Conservatoire, Robin took part in performances of many great choral works including Verdi’s “Messa Di Requiem” at the iconic Symphony Hall. He was also a regular member of the Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra, with whom he performed throughout the UK, with such great conductors as Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Charles Groves. Watching some of the greatest names in conducting at work, ignited an interest in the art of directing and interpreting musical performances, that Robin maintains to this day.
Robin graduated in 1995, achieving a first-class honours degree in music. He then worked as a freelance professional tuba player and brass teacher, around the Birmingham area, before entering the Music Publishing Industry. While working for the major companies in this field, Robin spent time as a specialist and consultant for Warner Bros. He concentrated on publishing Band, Orchestral, Choral and Education products. It was also during this time, that he took up his first full-time conducting positions in Norfolk and Suffolk.
Robin left the publishing industry in 2008, and re-trained as a secondary school Music Teacher, a decision he has never regretted. He is currently Head of Performing Arts and Head of Music at Ken Stimpson Community School in Werrington, Peterborough. Since arriving at the school, he has developed their highly successful choir and A cappella group ,who regularly perform in Peterborough and further afield. They have also performed at Disneyland Paris on two separate occasions.
Away from the world of work, Robin has performed with many of the UK’s professional orchestras, including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra da Camera, as well as many of the country’s best known brass bands. These include, Grimethorpe Colliery, Brighouse and Rastrick and GUS. He has also performed as a tuba soloist on many occasions. As a conductor, he has also directed many Brass Bands, Orchestras and Concert Bands, including being the current Musical Director of the Peterborough Youth Orchestra.
The idea of the Peterborough Community Orchestra was initiated by Robin in 2017, as a vessel for local musicians to come together and just enjoy playing. Cross-generational and social music-making in the community, is something Robin was, and remains passionate about. He thoroughly enjoys his time, working with such a wonderful group of individuals. He is looking forward to what he hopes will be a long partnership with PCO, bringing community music-making to the City of Peterborough.