Robert Irving

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Robert Irving was music assistant and assistant conductor with the BBC in Scotland from 1946.

Early life

Robert A. Irving was educated at Winchester and New College, Oxford, where he took the degree of Bachelor of Music.

His first job was as part-time teacher of piano at Winchester School, and later he conducted the local Orchestral Society and the Operatic Society.

Irving had also written music for several British films.

From 1940 he served in the RAF as a Flight Lieutenant during the Second World War. He was awarded the D.F.C. and Bar for gallantry during air operations off the enemy coast with Coastal Command.

BBC career

After being demobilised at the end of the war, the then 32 year-old was appointed music assistant and assistant conductor for the BBC in Scotland, succeeding Kemlo Stephen.[1]


  1. 'BBC appointment', Glasgow Herald, 20 December 1945, 6.