Robert was born in Bristol in 1952 and after studying violin at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, he joined the Orchestra of the Royal Ballet as Assistant Leader. In 1977 he became Principal Second Violin of the then BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra, now the BBC Philharmonic.
As a soloist he has performed all over the world in such varied places as Philadelphia, Gibraltar and Montreux and continues to record extensively for the BBC.
The conducting spark was lit while working with the late Rudolph Kempe in London and Switzerland. Bob has over twenty five years' experience as a conductor and his great humour and charm instil wonderful warmth wherever he goes. He is a regular contributor to the nationally acclaimed Rehearsal Orchestra and for many years was conductor of the Lancashire Chamber Orchestra.
In 2003 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Bolton Symphony Orchestra and since then Bob has earned tremendous respect for his stunning interpretations of works by Janacek, Respighi, Tchaikovsky and many more.