Roy Carter began playing the oboe at the age of ten. At the age of twelve he was awarded a Junior Exhibition to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Margaret Eliot. When he was sixteen, Roy won an open scholarship to study full time under Terence McDonough at the Royal College of Music, where he won the Joy Boughton Memorial Prize for oboe whilst in his second year of study.
After leaving the Royal College, Roy joined the Philharmonia as second oboe. After a short period there, he was appointed Principal, Oboe with the English National Opera Orchestra.
During his freelance career Roy has played Principal, Oboe in most of Britain’s leading orchestras inlcuding the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, City of London Sinfonia and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and was Professor of Oboe at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Roy joined Northern Sinfonia as Principal, Oboe in October 2005.