Sir Roger Norrington – President
The CRSO is honoured to have the well-known British conductor Sir Roger Norrington as its President. Sir Roger studied at Clare College, Cambridge and the Royal College of Music. In 1962 he founded the Schütz Choir and from from 1969 to 1984 was music director of Kent Opera. In 1978, Sir Roger founded the London Classical Players, a group that was to have an enormous influence on performance practice of Mozart and Beethoven in particular. Sir Roger has been Chief Conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony, St Luke’s Chamber Orchestra in New York, the Salzburg Camerata, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and the Bournemouth Sinfonietta. He has regularly conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, as well as many other foreign and British orchestras and opera companies.
Steven Horkulak – Chairperson
Steven is our newly appointed Chairperson and with the help of our board will oversee us through our landmark 50th year. Steven is a life-long musician and is passionate about live music and in particular live orchestral music. As a young musician he performed at Westminster Abbey, County Hall and St George’s Cathedral where he played for Pope John Paul 2nd. He also performed a set of seven concerts with Donald Swann and Mike Flanders at the Royal Festival Hall. Steven was a participant in the very first BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition but was eliminated due to leaving his trumpet on the bus and missing the second round heats. Steven tells us that amongst some musical circles it’s widely believed he was the inspiration for the line in the Morecambe & Wise show featuring Andre Previn ‘… the right notes but not necessarily in the right order.’
Peter Bassano – Music Director
Peter Bassano is descended from a family of six Venetian musician brothers brought to England by King Henry VIII in 1540. Peter studied trombone and singing at the Royal College of Music, where shortly after joining London’s Philharmonia Orchestra he was appointed a professor. In addition to his symphonic career, he took a keen interest in early music was a member of Paul McCreesh’s Gabrieli Consort and His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts. Whilst continuing playing he took conducting lessons from Sir John Eliot-Gardiner, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Elgar Howarth, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Roger Norrington, Jorma Panula and Bram Tovey. He became a staff conductor and Head of Brass Faculty of the RCM in 1990, a post he held until August 2004. Peter has subsequently been Music Director of the Oxford University Sinfonietta, The Virtuosi of the Mannheim Court, The Gentlemen of the Chappell, The Equale Baroque Players, Wendover Choral Society, City of Cambridge Band, Oxford Touring Opera and the CRSO. He has appeared as guest conductor with the Helsinki Philharmonic, Royal Omani Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, the State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico as well as at many conservatoires, choirs and bands around the world.
Alison Jackson – Leader
Alison was brought up in Gravesend and studied violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She played professionally with the English National Ballet and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as in many West End shows. Alison is a keen chamber music player, and has performed with many groups throughout the UK. Alison was appointed Leader of the CRSO in 2015.