About Rob

Rob graduated from The Royal College of Music, studying under the tutelage of Mike Moran (Piano), Ralph Salmins (Drums) and Alex Neal (Percussion).

Selected credits (live/studio/performing/arranging) include: Robbie Williams, Cher, Michael Buble, Nile Rodgers, Kylie Minogue, Gary Barlow, Cee-Lo Green, Ne-Yo, Bryan Adams, Jess Glynne, Lenny Kravitz, Richard Marx, Jamie CullumGregory Porter, Joss Stone, Sigrid, Gabrielle, Nicole Scherzinger, Clean Bandit, Mel C, Mel B, Emma Bunton, Beverley Knight, Louis Tomlinson, James Morrison, Paul Carrack, Mark Feehily, Paolo Nutini, Paloma Faith, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Mica Paris, Jools Holland, Alexandra Burke, Heather Small, Dizzee Rascall, Daniel Beddingfield, Michael Ball, Laura Wright, Rick Wakeman, Russell Watson, Katherine Jenkins, Rachel Stevens, Sheridan Smith, Will Young, Elaine Paige, Morten Harket, Ricardo Arjona, Zucchero, David Essex, Amber Riley, Florence & The Machine, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, Don Broco, Tom Walker, Denise Van Outen, Izzy Bizu, Aston Merrygold, Rebecca Ferguson, Ella Eyre, Jack Savoretti, Yola, Collabro, Ailee, Goldie, Anoushka Shankar, Nicola Roberts, Justin Hawkins, Jake Shears, Martine McCutcheon, Megan McKenna, Tom Grennan, Kelis, KSI, Jason Donovan, Melody Thornton, Claire Sweeney, Newton Faulkner, Hannah Waddingham, Luke Evans & Dame Evelyn Glennie.

Orchestral & Ensemble work includes BBC Concert Orchestra [including Conductor], Royal Liverpool Philhmaronic [including Conductor] Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, London Metropolitan Orchestra, The Welsh Pops Orchestra  and The BBC Big Band.  He has also conducted and/or supervised numerous Session Orchestras in London, Los Angeles and Prague.

Composers and Producers that Rob has worked with include Alan Silvestri, Pete Waterman, Glenn Ballard, Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Brian Rawling, Paul Meehan, Mark Taylor, Nigel Wright, Pete Waterman, Andrew Lippa, Glen Scott, Matthew Brind, Michael Gray  and Jeff Wayne.

Rob regularly works in television, working extensively on the Music Team for The X Factor  and Britain’s Got Talent, as both an Arranger and Pianist, and has also contributed arrangements to America’s Got Talent: The Champions  and X Factor Celebrity.  He was one of the Track Producers and part of the Music Team for The Masked Singer Series 1 and 2, Romeo and Duet  and Walk The Line, and has worked on America's Got Talent, Name That Tune (USA), Britain's Got Talent: The ChampionsX Factor: The Band, Britain Get SingingLuke Evans Christmas Special 2022, All Together Now  and Celebrity All Together Now.  He has been numerous House Bands, for television and radio broadacasts, including  Alan Carr's Epic Gameshow: Name That Tune, Songs of Praise Christmas and New Year's Special 2023, The Greatest Show, Big Night of Musicals, Bryn Terfel Scholarship  and recently has played on some pop-up Shows of Sesame Street. In 2023, Rob orchestrated and Musically Directed Ad Campaigns for Amazon and Direct Line.

Rob was recently the Music Producer for the IAAPA nominated 'The Nutquacker' and 'DC Celebration of Superheroes' for Warner Bros, at Warner Bros World, Abu Dhabi for EastWest. Additionally, Rob was the Musical Director for The Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2019, has performed at The Opening Ceremony London 2012 Olympic Games  and contributed a co-arrangement to The Brit Awards. He has recorded and/or conducted sessions at many of London’s top Studios, including EMI Abbey Road, Angel, RAK and British Grove. Rob was also one of the Track Producers for Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals 2019 (+ Co-Arrangements in 2022, 2023) Remembering The Oscars and Rip It Up 70s.

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West-End credits include Dreamgirls, Back To The Future, Motown: The Musical  and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie  [all as Associate Conductor]. He has also held chairs on The War of the Worlds  and Stephen Ward,  and has deputised on Beautiful, The Bodyguard, Bat Out Of Hell  and Thriller: Live.  Other notable tours include  Jeff Wayne’s 40th Anniversary of The War Of The Worlds, Inala, Soul Sister,  Dancing In The Streets  (including Additional Arrangements for USA/Canada Tour) and Showman Further to this, Rob was the Musical Director for TBI Media's Greatest Hits Radio Live: The Party at The Palladium  and Magic at the Movies,  and plays Keyboards for the annual Magic at the Musicals,  broadcast from the Royal Albert Hall in London for Magic FM, where he has performed with an array of West-End stars in a 60-piece Orchestra, including Marisha Wallace, Lucie Jones, Lee Mead, Ricardo Afonso, Kerry Ellis, Cassidy Janson, Ben Forster, Louise Dearman, Ruthie Henshall, John Owen-Jones, Maz Murray  and Ramin Karimloo.

Rob has very proudly arranged, recorded and fixed studio musicians for over 70 successful productions at ted and RWS  for their shows worldwide for Marella, MSC, TUI and Sensatori, alongside many other large-scale projects for Guest Acts & Artists performing all over the World. This inclduces co-ordinating all of the Recording Sessions. 

Additionally, Rob has his own EP, Beyond The Lights, which was released on May 19th, 2022 - 6 original songs featuring wonderful guest singers Vula, Tommy Blaize, Red, Jaz Ellington, Brendan Reilly  and Hamish Stuart a 6-piece Rhythm Section, 5-piece Horn Section and a 24-piece String Section.

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Rob is a consummate all-round Musician who is equally at home on Keyboards in a Rhythm Section, Arranging or acting as Musical Director. He 
is unquestionably one of the brightest new talents on the London scene.

Ralph Salmins - Leading UK Session Musician

Rob has worked for me on a number of projects for TV, Commercial Release and Stage, including Britain’s Got Talent, America's Got Talent and X Factor. His arrangements are exemplary in any style that I throw at him, whilst more often than not having to meet very imminent deadlines. Further to this, he is also a fantastic Piano player, with superb feel and groove.

Matthew Brind - Composer/Arranger/Orchestrator

I’ve worked with Rob for a number of years, both as a player and under his Musical Direction. As a Pianist, he has great time and feel. As an Arranger, his charts are absolutely brilliant; his take-downs are immaculate, but he also knows when to allow the musician the ‘freedom to play’. Added to this, he’s a good bloke, who makes sure that there is a strong balance between hard work and keeping morale high.

Adam Goldsmith — Leading UK Session Musician

Rob very quickly gained the trust of all concerned including the already seasoned musicians. He has an innate musicality that goes beyond training. His playing is exceptional and he has a superb ‘feel’ for the music in the show. Added to this he has a very easy going nature and natural leadership qualities. These combine to make Rob a person that everyone both likes and respects. I trust him implicitly and would have no hesitation in recommending him for any musical directing job.

Keith Strachan - Musical Supervisor/Composer