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Roger Norrington

British conductor Roger Norrington was born on 16 March 1934. He studied at Clare College Cambridge and with Adrian Boult at the Royal College of Music. He founded the Schütz Choir in 1962, whilst working as a tenor, and was music director of Kent Opera. He founded and conducted the London Classical Players from 1978 until 1997, worked as principal conductor of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, and was music director of the Orchestra of St Luke's.

His penchant for limiting the use of string vibrato in orchestral performances has been controversial. He is known for his performances using period instruments, and for following Ludwig van Beethoven's metronome markings (thought by many to be too fast).

A selection of M&V articles about Roger Norrington

Ask Alice - In search of Beethoven and stress-free jobs, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

Ensemble. Top Class Musicianship - Roderic Dunnett visits Gloucester for the 2010 Three Choirs Festival

Ensemble. Sing ye to the Lord - Roderic Dunnett was at the 2009 Hereford Three Choirs Festival

Ensemble. A Bright Future - Malcolm Miller was at the final night of the 2008 BBC Proms in London

Ensemble. Sandals and Yoghurt? - Bach at the Berlin Philharmonie, reviewed by Ciarán McAuley

What makes a conductor? - 'Conductors in Conversation' by Jeannine Wagar, reviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Record box. Wilby's reconstruction - Daniel Hope plays Mozart, reviewed by Howard Smith


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