Bob Hughes

Bass Trombone Tutor

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Bob Hughes has over 30 years' experience as a bass trombonist in many of the UK’s finest orchestras. After studying with Harold Nash at the Royal Academy of Music, he joined the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in 1978. He left three years later to join the Scottish National Orchestra. During this time the SNO made many acclaimed recordings with Neeme Järvi.

In 1989 he moved to London to join the Philharmonia Orchestra succeeding Ray Premru. At this time he also became bass trombone teacher at the Royal Academy of Music. He toured extensively with The Philharmonia Orchestra throughout Europe, Asia and US and participated in many prestigious recordings during this period.

In 1994 he joined the London Symphony Orchestra with Sir Colin Davies as principal conductor. Not only did the orchestra tour extensively, they also played on many film soundtracks, including Braveheart; Star Wars: Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones; Legends of the Fall; Final Fantasy; and Cutthroat Island. There were also many critically acclaimed recordings on the new LSO Live! Label. During this time Bob gave bass trombone masterclasses throughout Europe, Asia and USA.

In 2005, Bob joined the Conservatoire as bass trombone teacher. In 2006 he left the LSO to focus on his teaching and conducting commitments, and accepted the invitation to become President of the British Trombone Society, a position he held until 2010.

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