Samuel, Robert

Robert Samuel was originally introduced to brass when he started playing the cornet with the Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen brass band, aged eight. He quickly progressed to the National Youth Brass Band of Wales, being awarded the John Childs Memorial Scroll in 1990 and 1991 as the most promising player. Robert also spent many years playing with the Cory Band and Desford Colliery band and was guest principal of the Black Dyke Mills Band under his professor, the late James Watson.

Robert studied the trumpet at the Royal Academy of Music between 1994-1998 under James Watson, who was a great friend and mentor. Whilst at the Academy he was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra, with whom he travelled extensively throughout the world. He was made an Associate of the RAM in 2010.

Robert was appointed second trumpet with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in 2002 and continues a very busy playing schedule internationally with them. Professionally Robert has worked with many orchestras, including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Halle Symphony Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, London Mozart Players, and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.