Our Musical Director, Robin Norman, was born in Norfolk in 1973. His musical life started at the age of 11 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 as well as becoming the Brass finalist in the West Norfolk Young Musician of the Year at the age of 16 and also being awarded ‘Most Outstanding Soloist’ in the National Concert Band Festival held in Manchester in 1990.
In 1991 Robin accepted an unconditional offer to study Tuba at the Birmingham Conservatoire and it was here that he first experienced singing in a full choir. Whilst a member of the Conservatoire Robin was fortunate enough to take 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 to name but two. Watching some of the greatest names in conducting ignited an interest in conducting that Robin maintains to this day.
Robin graduated from the Conservatoire in 1995 with a first class Bachelor of Music honours degree and freelanced around the Birmingham area before entering the Music Publishing Industry. He remained in the industry until 2008 working for the major companies including some time as the specialist and consultant for Warner Bros. Publishing in Band, Orchestra, Choral and Education products.
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 where, since arriving at the school, he has developed their highly successful choir and acapella group that regularly performs in Peterborough and further afield. They have also received invitations to perform 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 and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra de Camera as well as many of the country’s best known brass bands such as Grimethorpe Colliery, Brighouse and Rastrick and GUS. He has also performed as 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.
Robin was invited to take the role of full-time Musical Director of Take Note Community Choir in July 2018 and thoroughly enjoys his time with such a dedicated group of individuals. He is also looking forward to what he hopes will be a long partnership bringing community music-making to the City of Peterborough,