Gareth Robinson

Gareth Robinson

In August 2000 Gareth began his comprehensive school education at Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun and it was soon after that his trombone career began. Under the tuition of Wyndham Williams, Gareth joined Treherbert Junior Band and later the Upper Rhondda Brass Band, competing at local competitions in the fourth section. Around this time he regularly entered and won solo competitions around the UK including the Welsh Open Solo Championships in 2005 and the Urdd Eisteddfod. Having successfully done grade exams he began to study at the RWCMD in the Junior Music department and had lessons with Roger Cutts (Principal Trombone Welsh National Opera).

Gareth has been principal trombone in the Four Counties Youth Orchestra as well as the National Youth Brass Band, Orchestra, Wind Orchestra and the Welsh National Youth Opera for a number of years and has toured countries such as Canada, Luxembourg and Italy with these ensembles.

In September 2007 Gareth furthered his education by accepting a place to study music performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. At the college Gareth receives trombone lessons from Donal Bannister (Principal Trombone, BBC National Orchestra of Wales) and Kevin Price (Ex Principal Trombone, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra) as well as performing in masterclasses with visiting artists such as Wycliffe Gordon, Bones Apart, Don Lucas, Chris Houlding and Christian Lindberg.

Gareth joined the Cory Band under the baton of Dr Robert Childs in June 2009 and was part of the band that won the World Championships and the British Open Brass Band Championships last year.

Gareth has graduated from the RWCMD with First Class Honours and is preparing for a career in the teaching profession.