Bob Bridges, Conductor and Music Director of the Southwark Concert Band (now South London Symphonic Winds) since 1995, is also leader and Co-Founder of the South London Jazz Orchestra and Music Director of the umbrella charity, South London Community Music. He was founder, and for eight seasons, Conductor of the South San Francisco Summer Symphony. In San Francisco he was a long serving Director of the Triton Museum, St Francis Hospital and numerous charities, and has been the recipient of numerous awards for service to the arts. Mr Bridges was invited to the Royal College of Music Junior Department for a four-year teaching residency in musicianship in 1995. His choral conducting has included directorship of the International Festival of Swiss Singing Societies and his orchestral/choral conducting has included major works performances in France, Switzerland, Italy, numerous locations in the USA, and throughout the Pacific Basin.
His fifteen years of performances with the chamber orchestra and the wind band of the Deutscher Musik Verein resulted in several international competition awards. He is a national Trustee of BASBWE (the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles) and is active in national and local charity work in the UK. He has spearheaded several commissions of works by UK and USA composers, including recent commissions by Stephen McNeff, Roger Cawkwell, John Holland and Philip Venables. His postgraduate music degree was awarded by the University of California (UCLA) and he is an Honorary Life Member of Phi Mu Alpha, the national (American) music fraternity. For his finance and management activities, he has been named a Fellow, by Royal Charter, of the Institute of Directors in London. Mr Bridges has resided in Dulwich, south London since 1997.