Rob has an interest in composition dating from his schooldays but never set out to establish himself as an arranger. He started to arrange music as a necessity during his later years with the RAF when he had to produce programmes for the annual RAF Massed Bands tours. This started with a few song arrangements for guest vocalists but developed exponentially over a few years and his catalogue now comprises over 130 arrangements.
His work is known for its stylistic versatility, a heritage of the diversity of his musical career. He is equally comfortable arranging for voices, strings, piano, orchestra, wind ensemble, brass band or big band. A key influence was one of his former RAF bosses, John Martindale, who loved to take a lateral look at a piece and often included quotations from other music in his arrangements. Rob has done a number of transcriptions from one medium to another, but prefers creative arranging to transcription.
His arrangements are published by Studio Music Company and de Haske. A large number of his arrangements are recorded and details can be found in the complete list of works.