Principal Clarinet Robert Hill

Robert Hill

Saturday 30 April marks the final LPO concert of Robert Hill, who has been Principal Clarinet at the LPO for the past 44 years. Read on for a tribute to Robert and his long and illustrious career by Stewart McIlwham, LPO President and Principal Piccolo.

One of the LPO's most outstanding, long-serving and best-loved musicians, Robert Hill has been Principal Clarinet of the LPO for the last 44 years, a remarkable achievement for a principal wind player by any standards. Bob will be stepping down from his position at the end of this season.

Before joining the LPO, Bob studied at the Royal Academy of Music with John Davies and after completing his studies joined the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as Co-Principal Clarinet. In 1972 Bob joined the LPO as Principal Clarinet and has graced the woodwind section ever since.

As a colleague it has been a privilege to share a part of that time with him on the concert platform and to experience his extraordinary and rare musicianship. Despite the pressures and the ups and downs of life on the London music scene, Bob’s constant good humour and approach have been a source of inspiration and a model of how to survive the demands of the job.

There are not really the words to properly do justice to the contribution that Bob has made to the London Philharmonic Orchestra over his long and distinguished career. On Saturday 30 April, we acknowledge with sincere thanks a truly exceptional achievement.

Stewart McIlwham, LPO President and Principal Piccolo