Our Conductor – Bob Bridges

bobBob Bridges is Co-founder of the SLJO, and the founding Music Director of South London Community Music, the charity to which the SLJO is affiliated.

His extensive experience conducting bands in the United States brings a special understanding of the swing band genre to the ensemble.

Bob is also the Conductor of the Southwark Concert Band, a large wind orchestra, highly respected in the United Kingdom for their championing of new music, especially through commissioning original compositions.

In the States Bob was Founding Director and, for eight seasons, Conductor of the South San Francisco Symphony. Also for 15 years he was conductor of the chamber orchestra and wind band of the Deutscher Musik Verein San Francisco, which garnered several international competition awards. His choral work has included numerous festivals and hundreds of performances, principally in Europe and the Pacific Basin.

Bob is also a Trustee of several UK-based humanitarian charities, and is an officer of the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles (BASWE).

Bob’s extensive business affiliations have led to his being affirmed as a Fellow, by Royal Charter, of the Institute of Directors in London.