Location: Salisbury area
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(First Access)
Musical Director / Conductor
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• DBS checks
• Public Liability Insurance
• Child Protection awareness training and to be able to refer to guidance on how this relates to their work

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You can email Robert Priestley at priestleybrass@gmail.com or use the options below.

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Robert Priestley


Member of Salisbury Area Music Cooperative. Over 38 years experience of teaching brass instruments (Trumpet, Cornet, French Horn, Tenor Horn, Baritone, Euphonium and Tuba; Beginner to Grade 8. Trombone and Bass Trombone; Beginner to Diploma). Conducting ensembles ranging from beginner brass bands to youth orchestras and senior bands. Extensive playing experience in classical, show, chamber brass and jazz ensembles. Over 20 years experience of teaching First Access/Wider Opportunities type classes (Brass and Recorder)

Studied Trombone with Peter Gane and Eric Crees at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. B.Mus at Surrey University. PGCE at Bulmershe College (specialising in instrumental tuition). Worked for Berkshire Young Musicians Trust (now Berkshire Maestros) – ending as Regional Head, Coventry Performing Arts Service as Deputy Head and Wiltshire Music Service as Assistant Head and Director of Salisbury Area Young Musicians.

Worked with the ABRSM setting the pieces for the 2010 and 2017 Trombone Syllabus. Reader for Brass Wind Publications. Pieces for Junior Band published by Mostyn Music.

What I / we help young people achieve

Happy and motivated pupils: low give up rate, good examination results, high level of membership of ensembles (school and music centre).

Some pupils have gone on to study music and make a living in the wider arts world, many more continue to play for enjoyment and fulfilment in their adult life

Opportunities for children & young people

  • To learn to play an instrument and / or develop skills on an instrument
  • To play, perform music with others
  • To work with and support other young musicians

Also Works With

Salisbury Area Music Co-operative

Salisbury Area Young Musicians


  • Term Time
  • After School

Taught Instruments

  • Brass
  • Musical Director / Conductor

Ages Taught

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16+

Level Taught

  • Beginners
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught

  • Instrument grades

Other Qualifications

Diploma (Trombone and Bass Trombone)

Musical Clusters Covered

  • Salisbury / Wilton

My Training & Development


September 5   SAMC:         Achieving GDPR compliance

February 18   SAMC:         Autism Spectrum for Music Leaders

May 14          Hub:           Future Facing Conference including sessions on

Songwriter, Instrument Hire

May 16   SAMC:         Performance nerves and postural issues

Networking at all of these events plus at other times

Keeping up with developments in Sibelius and music preparation in general through extensive online reading

Keeping up with developments in beginner and intermediate instrument design and availability through extensive online reading and visits to retailers to try instruments

Membership of ISM – reading their information literature

Previously Worked With

Berkshire Young Musicians Trust, Coventry Performing Arts Service, Wiltshire Music Service and numerous orchestras and ensembles