Robin Osterley - Chairman, National Music Council

Robin is Chief executive of Making Music, (formerly known as the National Federation of Music Societies), the UK’s largest association of amateur musical organisations.

He has been involved in music all his life, first as amateur performer, and then, since 1993, in arts management. Prior to moving into the music business, he worked in the computer industry, where he was marketing manager with ICL. Before running Making Music, he worked as Marketing Manager for the Orchestra of St John’s Smith Square, and was Managing Director of a small classical record label.

Making Music offers a range of services to its 2150 members, ranging from basic assistance with repertoire, legal and administrative advice, through to lobbying and advocacy. In his 7 years with the organisation, Robin has seen it grow to some 28 full and part-time staff with a turnover of nearly £1million.

Since 2000 Robin has been Chairman of the National Music Council, the country’s leading forum for senior personnel from the music industries. In this capacity he has been heavily involved in activities associated with music education and in particular, the recent initiative to set up a Sector Skills Council for the Creative and Cultural Industries.

Robin is a member of the National Music Education Forum and a well-respected lobbyist for music in education generally.

He still finds time to conduct the Stevenage Choral Society, and occasionally sings with the London Symphony Chorus.