| || Steve Robson |
Steve began his brass playing under the guidance of his schoolteacher Ken Smith at the age of 11, and soon developed his lifelong love of music, especially music with brass connections.
Steve is thrilled to have been the conductor of Stanhope Silver Band for most of the last two decades and loves the role the band plays at the heart of the rural community. During this time Stanhope band have made several CD recordings including initiating the Brass Band Aid CD, which helped the Charity 'World Vision' build a school for the children of Adet in Ethiopia.
In 2002 Steve was fortunate to meet Richard Evans and was encouraged to join the BA Bands Studies Course, studying Conducting with Richard Evans, Arranging with Alan Fernie, and majoring in composition under the guidance of Arthur Butterworth. The course was a fabulous experience, and resulted in Steve being awarded a first class BA honours degree.
In 2005 Steve initiated Stanhope Bands Festival of brass, aiming to bring the best in the world of brass to the local rural community. In the course of the Festival, Weardale has seen performances by top soloists such as Steve Sykes, John Doyle, Simone Rebello, Graeme Danby, David Childs, Owen Farr and Brett Baker, as well as sharing concerts with guest bands such as Mount Charles, Peebles Burgh and Fodens Band and local guest choirs. In 2009 they performed a unique joint concert with the leading exponents of early wind music, His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts.
In the course of his Band Studies Degree, Steve was fortunate to discover several marches by the North East Composer George Allan which had been printed by the composer in his lifetime, but not all reached the public domain. He has worked along with Kirklees Music Publishers, editing new editions of 14 George Allan Marches which have been now published including a full score, which will hopefully encourage new generations of bands to play this great music.
Steve has had a Six year collaboration with 'Interopera', a professional opera company based in the North of England and Italy, where he has made several transcriptions to give brass musicians prominent roles in productions, including a full transcription of Verdis Rigoletto in 2009, and a full programme of Operatic Highlights to be performed in the 2011 Durham Brass Festival.
Since graduating from the Band Studies course Steve has developed his own busy brass teaching schedule, which he combines with conducting, playing tuba whenever possible and developing his passion for composing and arranging.
The Music Company (UK) Ltd are delighted that Steve is one of the writers we represent and the significant part he has played in expanding our selection of arrangements and original compositions, together with his huge contribution in developing our training/junior/youth band titles. Steve's latest contribution to the Flexi-Collection Series (for training/junior bands) - 'Music From Around The World' - will be released shortly and offers a superb collection of 8 pieces which represent an eclectic range of styles and cultural approaches to music from distinctive regions of the globe.