Cutts, Roger

Roger grew up in the London Borough of Barnet, learning the trombone with the music service teachers. He joined the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 1986, before his undergraduate course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Tutors at the Guildhall included Peter Gane, Dudley Bright, Eric Crees and Simon Wills, with regular lessons from Denis Wick and Ian Bousfield.

In 1992, Roger was appointed 2nd Trombone with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and in 1995 was appointed Principal Trombone of the same Orchestra. In 1996 Roger took up his current position as Section Principal Trombone with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera. Roger has been a trombone tutor at RWCMD since 1996, as well as trombone tutor at the RNCM.

He has worked closely with trombone maker Michael Rath on the development of his orchestral trombone range, and is a Rath Artist. Roger has been a member of the Welsh National Opera Brass Consort for over twenty years, including performances at the NATO summit in 2014 in front of President Obama. He has performed the Albrechtsberger Alto Trombone ConcertoNino Rota Concerto, and Rimsky-Korsakov Concerto with the City of Cardiff Symphony Orchestra. Roger has played guest Principal Trombone with the Royal Opera House, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Hallé Orchestra, The Philharmonia Orchestra, and BBC National Orchestra of Wales.