Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

Robert Burtenshaw


Originally from Scarborough, Rob was started on the trombone by Joe Blewitt.  After having lessons with Nev Roberts he got a place at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, where he was taught by Peter Leary. He then went to the Royal College of Music as an Exhibitioner and was taught by Arthur Wilson. In his final year he won the Arthur Sommerville Brass Prize and gained the ARCM diploma with honours.

Whilst in London he freelanced with the ECO , Oxford pro musica, played in West End shows and performed the Rimsky Korsakov Concerto with the Oxford University wind Band. In 1978 joined the newly formed orchestra of Opera North and became the sub-principal trombone. He has freelanced with RLPO, BBC Phil, Halle, CBSO, Welsh Opera, LSO, RPO, and has recently toured the Canaries with the RPO. He has played in Proms with the LSO and RPO and has recorded Gabrielli with the LSO Brass.

His teaching experience has been extensive, teaching Trombone at Chetham’s and Leeds university, as well as all Brass at schools such as Bingley Grammar and Giggleswick. Rob has also taken part in many Opera North education projects, Chetham’s outreach days and recently led a masterclass in the Canaries with Roger Argente and Matt Gee.

He’s has much ensemble training experience, ongoing at Chetham’s and last year coached the Durham University orchestral brass section in preparation for their concert of Sheherezade and Appalachian Spring.

He says he has learnt much from his pupils and has discovered useful teaching techniques from coaching adventure sports! Rob lives in the Pennines where he can pursue many outdoor activities such as hill walking, mountain biking and paragliding.

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