Adopted by BA Proctor and anonymous patron
Born in Aberdeen, Robin studied at the Royal Academy of Music. In 1996 he was appointed Principal Tuba with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and has since appeared as a soloist on a number of occasions, including a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3 of the tuba concerto by Vaughan Williams conducted by Vernon Handley.
What is the best thing about being a member of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra?
Best thing about playing in the Orchestra I would say is the chance to play amazing music that you’ve always loved, and the chance to see different places, different countries and different cities. I also love feeling part of a team - not many jobs where you sit with 70 other people doing more or less the same thing!
If you weren't a musician, what would you be?
I remember vaguely wanting to be a lawyer when I was about 7 or 8, but I think that I was before I knew what lawyers did really. If I wasn’t playing in the Orchestra I’d probably like to do something outdoorsy like forestry. Or maybe doing something to help people, like a paramedic or something like that.
Who is your biggest musical inspiration and why?
I come from a very musical family, so my biggest influences musically in my life were my mum, dad and my brothers. My brothers both play the trumpet and right from the earliest age I can remember I was surrounded by people practising, singing and playing concerts.