Robert ParkerGrants Officer
Originally from Bath, Robert’s first horn teacher was Ernest Langley, then Allan Mead. He is a Graduate and Fellow of the Trinity College of Music, London, studying with John Burden, former principal horn of the London Symphony Orchestra. Playing experience as a student included a year as principal horn with the Snape Maltings Training Orchestra, working with such luminaries as Gennadi Rohzdestvensky, Rudolf Schwarz, Elmer Bernstein, Alexander Schneider, George Malcom and Hugh Maguire.

After gaining a PGCE Robert became established in Nottingham as a brass teacher and freelance horn player, including 10 years with the National Festival Orchestra at the Buxton International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival. He has been soloist in a variety of concertos from Bach to Richard Strauss, and gave the first performance of Andy Evans’ Horn Concerto in 2009 with the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra at the Albert Hall, Nottingham. Planned for the 2015-16 season is David Machell’s Horn Concerto, also written for him. Robert is a member of the Hough Ensemble (piano and wind), and Music Director of the Nottingham Concert Band, celebrating his 20th anniversary with the band in 2014. He is Nottingham’s Local Area Representative for Trinity College London music exams, and Horn Tutor to the Nottingham Youth Orchestra.

Robert has been a member of the British Horn Society since 1980-1, and organised a horn day in Nottingham in 1997. With Stuart Bower and Chris Senior, he co-organised the East Midlands Horn Festival in 2007, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the death of Dennis Brain by commissioning Peter Maxwell Davies to compose Fanfare – Salute to Dennis Brain for Solo Horn and/or Horn Ensemble. He was also involved in the EMHF of 2011. He has contributed articles and reviews for The Horn Player magazine over many years, and as a member of the Education Sub-Committee is currently writing an item for the next issue about how get students to hold the horn – properly!