Musical Director – Ewan Robson

 

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Ewan Robson – Musical Director

 

Ewan Robson was destined to be a conductor when, at the tender age of two, he sat on the knee of Sir Adrian Boult. Using the techniques of both the training from my time in the RAF and the inspiration from Sir Adrian Boult, a new conductor was born.

He was born in Windsor in 1961 and began playing trombone at the tender age of twelve, a little late for most brass players but after picking up the instrument it was obvious that it suited him. After joining the Royal Air Force in August 1979 served as a musician, where he obtained the ARCM, FLCM and ALCM diplomas. During his 24 years’ service he travelled extensively at home and abroad performing at major venues from London to Hong Kong and more memorably in Israel.

In 1993 he came to Lincolnshire for his 2nd tour to the Band of the Royal Air Force College at Cranwell. Whilst there he helped form the Lincolnshire Brass Quintet with a few of my Royal Air Force colleagues (Steve Maher, Della Pearce, Graham Tedd & Andy Allott). He became the arranger for the group and his arrangements have featured on a few albums such as Shades of Blue.  This led to him taking the lead trombone position for the famous NSK RHP Ransomes Band.

He later transferred onto his preferred instrument the bass trombone, where he played in the European Championships in Montreaux, Switzerland and again, when they won the Area competition and were runners up for the Grand Shield, which was an experience he will never forget. This is where my love of Brass Bands really started.

A few years later he decided to take up the challenge of conducting and accepted an invitation from the Lincoln Hospitals Band as it was then known, to become their deputy conductor. In 1999 he was offered and accepted the post of Director of Music. In 2001 he was instrumental in the production of the band’s first CD when the band changed its name to the Lincolnshire Hospitals Band which is how they are now known. This was repeated in 2006 with their latest CD. In 2004 he took the Band to Holland, their first trip abroad, for a joint venture with a local band in Monster.

A stalwart supporter of grass roots brass banding, he is well known and popular in the brass banding scene around Lincolnshire and is often called upon to help other local bands in their pursuit of their hobby. He has always keen to help out bands in particular, Market Rasen and the Banovallum Brass Band.

He reluctantly relinquished the baton due to work commitments in 2008. Work has since taken him around the UK and due to the previous conductor being unable to take the band full time was offered and accepted to take up the reigns of the band again in May 2016.