Rob Rogers was born in the middle of the last century and started music early, playing South American folk instruments, singing and recorder as his family lived in the north part of Venezuela. It was not until he went to school in Scotland, aged 10, that he had formal music lessons and those on the piano. Then, after a brief encounter with the bagpipes, he took up the oboe at about 12 years old. By 17 he was playing in orchestras and show bands all over North Scotland and then proceeded to the Royal Academy of Music where he played in countless orchestras and ensembles both professional and amateur. He has an academic music degree from Durham University and a Masters Degree in Composition.
Rob subsequently travelled the world playing in various South American Orchestras and then a long stint in South Africa where he started off as an orchestral musician and ventured into the world of jazz but on keyboards playing with various ‘originals’ bands.
The emergence of a family during the latter stages of the ‘African adventure’ prompted a more secure trajectory and Rob has been Head of Music at various schools in Essex and Suffolk for a number of years. He is also an ABRSM examiner and, despite this, keeps a reasonably happy disposition nearly all the time.
Quite recently Rob and his ‘Band of Oboes’ released a jazz oboe CD named ‘First Impression’. This group plays Rob’s jazz and funky pieces with 4 oboes, bassoon, piano, guitar, bass and drums. Usually these are available by coming and seeing him after a concert and handing over £5. A second CD has been in the pipeline for a while and might even get finished this year!
Rob is principal oboe of the Prometheus Orchestra and plays frequently in East Anglian Orchestras and ensembles and is as happy doing classical, jazz or rock music but tending to the ‘classical’ of late as the concerts usually finish at a more civil hour than the other variety.