The emergenceof afamily during the latter stages of the ‘Africanadventure’ prompted amoresecuretrajectoryand RobhasbeenHeadof Music at variousschools inEssexand Suffolk.Hehas beenDirectorof Musicat Framlingham College Prep School for the last fewyears.Rob is also an ABRSM examinerandhasadjudicated atmusicfestivals.
His ‘Band ofOboes’ releasedajazzoboe CD called ‘First Impression’.This group plays Rob’s jazz andfunky pieces with four oboes (!),a bassoon, piano, guitar, bass and drums. Robplaysveryfrequentlyinquite anumber ofEastAnglianorchestrasandensemblesandisashappydoingclassical, jazz or rock musicbut tending to the ‘classical’ of late as the concerts usually finishat amore civilhourthan theothers!Helives in a14thCentury listed cottagein Suffolkwhichhe and Debbie(his fluteplayingwife)restored from a derelict state… and are still workingon it. He brews his own beerand rides a very fastmotorcycle (but only when theweather is pleasant).
VaughanWilliams composedhisOboe Concerto during 1944forthe virtuoso Leon Goossens– itisconsideredoneofthe finest concertosforthe oboe.Howeverit presentssome formidabledifficultiesforthe soloist! VaughanWilliams’ musicderives its character from English folksongand the Englishchoraltradition.The Oboe Concertohasapastoraltone and makes for easy listening.
Elgar isoften thoughtof asthe creatoroftheultimate Englishsound. However he nearly abandoned his careeras acomposer through lack of successuntilhiswife, Alice, encouragedhimtowrite a set ofpieces based on athemeofhisownwiththevariationsdescribinghisfriends. The Enigma Variationswere animmediatesuccessandwithin acoupleofyears Elgarwas made Master ofthe King’s Music and knighted.CurrentlyhisEnigma Variations are thirdin the ClassicFM Hallof Fame.Listenout for Danthe bulldoginvariation11 –he can beheard fallingintotheriveratthestartof thevariation,paddlingupstreamandthenlandingon the bankwitha bark!
Walton’sCrown Imperialwaswritten forthe coronation of King George VIin 1937. Theorganisersof the coronation asked Waltonto compose anew royalpiece,similarin tone and grandeur toworks written forthe royal family by Elgar, who had died in 1934.Waltonwas so successful that Crown mperialhas beenreferredtoas Pompand Circumstance Marchno 6!
Arnold’s EnglishDances, writteninthe styleof English countryfolktunes and dances,are amonghismostpopularworks.Inthe besttraditionof Englishlightmusicthe Dancesare fullofmemorabletunes. Sir Malcolm Arnold composedtheminresponseto asuggestion byhispublisher thathe writesome Britishworks alongthe line of Dvorak’s popular Slavonic Dances. Later, Arnoldincorporatedthe EnglishDancesintoa ballet, Solitaire.
Our soloist, RobRogers,isourPrincipalOboein the Orchestra.Robstudied oboe at the Royal Academyof Music andhasadegreein music from DurhamUniversityand a Mastersin composition.
Hehastravelledtheworldplayinginvarious SouthAmericanorchestras and then had asevenyear stintin SouthAfricawherehestartedoffasan orchestralmusicianandventuredinto theworldofjazzbut on keyboards playing with various‘originals’ bands.
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