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Sir Roger Norrington

Background information
Birth name Roger Arthur Carver Norrington
Born 16 March 1934 (1934-03-16) (age 76)
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Genres Classical
Occupations Conductor
Years active 1962–present

Sir Roger Arthur Carver Norrington, CBE (born 16 March 1934) is a British conductor. He is the son of Sir Arthur Norrington and the brother of Humphrey Thomas Norrington.

Norrington studied at the Dragon School, Westminster School, Clare College, Cambridge and the Royal College of Music under Adrian Boult among others. Norrington worked as a tenor through the 1960s, and in 1962 founded the Schütz Choir (later the Schütz Choir of London).

From 1969 to 1984, Norrington was music director of Kent Opera. In 1978, he founded the London Classical Players and remained their musical director until 1997. From 1985 to 1989, he was Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta. From 1990 to 1994, he was music director of the Orchestra of St. Luke's. In 1998, he became principal conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. He is scheduled to step down from the Stuttgart post in 2011.[1] He was Artistic Advisor of the Handel and Haydn Society from 2006 to 2009. He is also president of the London Philharmonic Choir.

Norrington is best known for performances of Baroque, Classical and Romantic music using period instruments and period style. He is a member of the historically informed performance movement. Norrington has advocated a limited use of vibrato in orchestral performances[2], which has brought him both acclaim and criticism[3]. He has followed Ludwig van Beethoven's metronome markings in his symphonies[3], some of which are thought by most conductors to be too quick to be practicable throughout the whole length of movements. He has conducted recordings of Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Berlioz, and Brahms on period instruments.[4].

With his wife, the choreographer Kay Lawrence, he formed in 1984 the Early Opera Project to complement his concert work in period-style performance, beginning with Claudio Monteverdi's L'Orfeo at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino that year, and touring Britain in 1986.

In August 2008, Norrington appeared in the reality TV talent show-themed television series, Maestro on BBC Two, when he led the judging panel.[5] He conducted the Last Night of The Proms for the first time on 13 September 2008.[6]

Norrington has been married twice. He and his second wife, Kay Lawrence, have a son, Tom.[7] He was made an OBE in 1980, a CBE in 1990 and a Knight Bachelor in 1997. He is a Patron of Bampton Classical Opera.

References

  1. ^ Götz Thieme (2010-02-25). "Stéphane Denève soll es werden". Stuttgarter Zeitung. http://www.stuttgarter-zeitung.de/stz/page/2400885_0_1727_-neuer-chefdirigent-st-phane-den-ve-soll-es-werden.html. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  2. ^ Roger Norrington (16 February 2003). "Time to Rid Orchestras of the Shakes". The New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C05E3DA1F3BF935A25751C0A9659C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all. Retrieved 2008-04-17. 
  3. ^ a b Allan Kozinn (6 August 2003). "Reading a Score, and Beethoven's Mind". The New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9503E4DE1F3EF935A3575BC0A9659C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all. Retrieved 2008-04-17. 
  4. ^ John Rockwell (2 January 1994). "Norrington's Historical Trek Gathers Fresh Momentum". The New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C05EEDD163EF931A35752C0A962958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all. Retrieved 2008-04-17. 
  5. ^ BBC (2008-05-23). "Eight passionate amateurs bid to become BBC Two's Maestro". Press release. http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2008/05_may/23/maestro.shtml. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  6. ^ Richard Morrison (2008-09-15). "Proms 75 & 76: Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall". The Times. http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/proms/article4753407.ece. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  7. ^ Nicholas Wroe (2007-07-21). "Speed it up". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/jul/21/music. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 

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Preceded by
Ronald Thomas
Principal Conductor, Bournemouth Sinfonietta
1985–1989
Succeeded by
Tamás Vásáry
Preceded by
no predecessor
Music Director, Orchestra of St. Luke's
1990–1994
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Mackerras
Preceded by
Gianluigi Gelmetti
Principal Conductor, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
1998–
Succeeded by
incumbent

Simple English

Sir Roger Norrington (born 16 March 1934) is a British conductor who is famous for conducting music from historical periods using period instruments.

Life

Norrington studied at Clare College, Cambridge and the Royal College of Music where his teachers included Adrian Boult.

Norrington started his career singing tenor. In 1962 he formed the Schütz Choir (later the Schütz Choir of London). From 1969 to 1984, he was conductor (music director) of Kent Opera. In 1978 he formed the London Classical Players and he conducted them until 1997. From 1985-1989 he was Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta. From 1990 to 1994, he was music director of the Orchestra of St. Luke's. In 1998, he became principal conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. He became Artistic Advisor of the Handel and Haydn Society in 2006.

Norrington is best known for performances of Baroque, Classical and Romantic music using period instruments and period style. He likes his orchestras to play with very little vibrato.

He conducted the Last Night of The Proms for the first time on 13 September 2008.

Norrington was made an OBE in 1980, a CBE in 1990 and a Knight Bachelor in 1997.








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