Robin Norman, solo E-flat Tuba with the Travelsphere Holidays Band and Brass Band Editor for Warner Bros., has announced that he is to leave the band with immediate effect to concentrate on his conducting and soloist work. Of this decision Robin said, "This was a difficult decision for me to make after 7 great years with the band which culminated in last year’s 6th place at the National Championships but I feel now is the right time to move on and concentrate on my blossoming work as a conductor and also my guest soloist engagements. Conducting has always been a great passion of mine since my time at college where I was fortunate enough to study conducting and work with such great conductors and musicians as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Charles Groves, Steven Mead and James Gourlay and the work I have undertaken in recent times as musical director and ‘guest’ conductor in both the brass and concert band field has convinced me that I have many things to offer in this area in a more permanent role. The unique ‘lyrical’ sound of a brass band is something to be nurtured and cherished and has become my first love of music following 12 years of playing in bands at the highest level. It is time for me to give something back to a movement that has given so much to me over the years. I would like to thank Dave Stowell and all my friends at Travelsphere for all their support in this decision, and also for 7 great years of music-making. I wish them all the best for the future."