Robin Smith was the first Musical Director of Surrey Brass, and was influential during its founding. In 2001 he was approached by John Goodwin, who asked him to lead the brand new ensemble. Robin was extremely enthusiastic and was highly influential in getting the new ensemble "off the ground".
He is the third generation of his family to be a brass player: his grandfather was a renowned cornetist with the Gloucester Salvation Army and his father, Malcolm ‘Smudge’ Smith was Principal Trumpet with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.
Robin studied the trumpet at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Today, he is a professional trumpeter and educator in London having performed and recorded with most of the major London symphony orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Opera House Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra. Further afield he has worked with Guildford Philharmonic, The Ulster Orchestra and Orquesta Symphonica de Tenerife.
As well as performing in West End shows such as She Loves Me, with Ruthie Henshaw and John Gordon-Sinclair, Robin has recorded with The Divine Comedy - the album 'Casanova' - and in Y2K had an underground hit 'Space Odyssey' in the dance clubs of New York and Japan with Os Dois Irmaos. His film appearances include BBC's 'The Fix'. On the lighter side he takes his Dixieland jazz band The Stateside Stompers around the country spreading the buzz of the New Orleans Dixie sound. The Stompers appeared in Kenneth Brannagh's film 'Shackleton'.
Robin’s main passion in music is education. He specialises in coaching brass ensembles currently having ten under his baton, including the recently formed Dulwich Brass Collective. He is Head of Brass at Dulwich College, South London, teaches at Alleyn’s school in Dulwich and at St. Paul’s Cathedral School in the City. Robin has also taught at The Centre for Young Musicians in central London.
Living in South East London with his family all around him, Robin scuba-dives whenever possible, and has taught the fourth generation of Smiths to play the trumpet, his sister Katie.