Robert Wilson has been recognised by Her Majesty The Queen, for service to the Music Industry and Charity and appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year 2016 Honours List.
Bob has lots of Australian friends and colleagues and we’re pleased to be able to let them know of this recognition for a life-time of service to the industry and offer our congratulations.
He is Chairman of Sound Technology Ltd, one of the largest and most successful independent musical instrument and professional audio distributors in the UK. It supplies a wide range of instruments including guitars and keyboards through to enormous PA sound systems that are used in such places as the O2, Emirates, Manchester United, Twickenham and Wimbledon stadiums and sports grounds.
He has worked on behalf of both the UK Music Industries Association for more than 35 years as well as been the only UK board member of the USA industry music association – NAMM.
Bob is also a director of Music for Youth – a charity with which he’s been involved since the early 70’s. Its mission is to provide access to live music opportunities for those at the start of their musical journeys
So far the charity has had more than 2.4 million under 21 year olds participating at MFY events with more than 3,000 taking place at the Schools Proms each year at the Royal Albert Hall. Alumni include Nigel Kennedy, Evelyn Glennie, Gary Barlow & Laura Mvula.
Robert Wilson said: “To be awarded an MBE is a great honour and one which I am delighted to receive. As well as being an honour for me, I see this as recognition of all the hard work from the staff in the various organisations who are continuing to promote and encourage the playing and creating of music and music education”.