Friday, 23 August 2013

In memoriam BOB PORTER (Bob Van Peborgh) 1945-2013 (www.andtheconductoris.eu)

Very sad news from Belgium: on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 in his native Lier, Bob Porter (pseudonym of Bob Van Peborgh) passed away. He was only 68 years old.


A genuine multi-instrumentalist, Bob Porter alternatively played the flute, piano, Rhodes piano, synthesizer, and vibraphone. For many years, he was a member of Etienne Verschueren's BRT Jazz Orchestra, of which he became the chief conductor in 1987. Four years later, the orchestra was disbanded. In the 1990s, he worked freelance as an arranger for many artists in the Netherlands and Belgium, including Günther Neefs.

In 1996, Bob Porter conducted the final of 'De Gouden Zeemeermin', that year's Eurovision pre-selection, held in Knokke. He also accompanied the winner of that competition, Lisa Del Bo, to the international festival final in Oslo, conducting the Norwegian Radio Orchestra for her performance. With her song 'Liefde is een kaartspel' (composed by John Terra and arranged by Pino Marchese), Lisa Del Bo obtained a sixteenth position for Belgium.

More information about Bob Porter can be found on And The Conductor Is, the home of All Conductors of Eurovision:
http://www.andtheconductoris.eu/index.htm?http://www.eurovisionartists.nl/conductor/dir020.asp?ID=249

Photo: Bob Porter at the 1972 Jazz Middelheim Festival as part of the Palle Mikkelborg Sextet. A link to the performance: http://www.cobra.be/cm/cobra/videozone/archief/redactietips-cobra/jazzmiddelheim-museum/1.1054365 

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