Roger Montgomery

BA, LLB, Hon ARAM

Brass - Natural Horn
Historical Performance - Natural Horn

Principal Horn with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Regularly plays with the orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Roger studied at the University of York and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Anthony Halstead. Interested in contemporary music and period instrument performance, he plays horn with and directs many of the leading groups in both fields, and is a member of the orchestra of the Royal Opera House. He regularly plays guest principal with many of the London orchestras and is Principal Horn of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

As a soloist he has regularly performed the standard solo repertoire by Mozart, Haydn and Britten in the UK, Europe and Australia, also performing Weber’s Concertino on natural horn live on Finnish Radio and giving the first solo part in Schumann’s ‘Konzertstück’ in the Barbican, Paris and the Lincoln Center, as well as recording the work for Deutsche Grammophon. Other recordings include solos by Telemann, Bach and Handel and a baroque horn solo on Ultra by German rock band The Inchtabokatables.

As a founder member and conductor of Jane's Minstrels Roger has given many premieres and performed at leading festivals in the UK and in the USA, Scandinavia and Europe, directing four compact disc recordings for the NMC label among others and frequently broadcasting for the BBC. He has also directed Avanti!, BBC Singers, Endymion, Capricorn, Esbjerg Ensemble, Park Lane Group Ensemble, and Ondine. With New Music Players, he has directed many performances including Ligeti’s Aventures and Nouvelles Aventures, two film scores by Ed Hughes to Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin and Strike and the premiere and recording of James Wood's Crying Bird, Echoing Star.

Roger is currently serving as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the British Horn Society.

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