After winning the Woodwind Category Final of BBC Young Musician 2018 against clarinetist Tom Myles, flautist Marie Sato, bassoonist Francis Bushell and recorder player Eliza Haskins, Rob qualified for a place in the Semi-Final of the competition.
Aired on Friday 11th May at 7:30, the Semi-Final was where the five category winners competed against each other; fighting for three places in the Grand Final. Rob was one of the three winners, who would go on to perform concertos with the CBSO in Birmingham's Symphony Hall.
The Semi-Finalists were:
- Matthew Brett, Percussion
- Isobel Daws, Brass (Trombone)
- Lauren Zhang, Keyboards (piano)
- Maxim Calver, Strings (cello)
- Robert Burton, Woodwind (saxophone)
The Semi-Final took place in the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.