Mostly Music

was born in Birmingham and holds music degrees from Clare College, Cambridge, where he was a choral exhibitioner, and London University. After professional periods in music librarianship and school-teaching, he turned to adult education, and from 1974 till 1990 was Staff Tutor in Music at the College of Adult Education in Manchester.  In 1993 he became a freelance musician and music educator. Meanwhile, in 1991, he and his wife Val had founded Mostly Music with its diverse activities.

From 1993 Roger was very active as a freelance adult education lecturer, being for many years an Associate Lecturer for the Universities of Keele, Manchester and Liverpool, and for the Workers' Educational Association. Between 1994 and 2010 he was a regular summer school tutor in music for the Open University. Between 1996 and 2004 he was a music examiner for the International Baccalaureate. He was a music tutor at the Wilmslow Guild between 1993 and 2015.  He continues to direct periodic singing courses at Higham Hall, near Cockermouth, Cumbria.  He is Head Tutor for the Early Music Summer School inaugurated at Higham Hall in August 2014 .

Roger’s two special areas of musical interest are church music and early music. After graduating from Cambridge he was a lay clerk in the choirs of Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire, then of Ely Cathedral. Between 1979 and 1985 he was Secretary of the Manchester Area of the Royal School of Church Music. Since 1988 he has been a member of the Council of the Guild of Church Musicians, was a founder-member of the Guild's Academic Board, and, since 1989, has been a regular examiner for all of the Guild’s examinations.  In November 1995 he was elected a Fellow of the Guild.

Roger was directly involved in the formation of the North West Early Music Forum (NWEMF) at the College of Adult Education, Manchester, in November 1977. He was Secretary, Treasurer and Newsletter editor from 1977 till 1985, and was elected President in 1985.  He taught on the annual NWEMF Summer School of Renaissance Music each year between 1982 and 2011, serving as Course Director from 2003 to 2011. He has been a guest tutor at workshops organised by many other regional early music fora, including those in the Midlands, East, North-East, and Border Marches.

Besides the above, Roger continues to pursue an active musical life, principally as singer and choral conductor - while making as much time as he can for non-musical interests such as reading and walking.


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