Sir Roger Norrington

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.

 

Peter Bassano

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.

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.

Peter Bassano
Alison Jackson - CRSO Leader

Alison Jackon - 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.

Jerome Sadler - Piano

Jérôme Sadler - Chairman

Jérôme was born in France and moved to Kent at the age of nine. He began his piano studies with David Sams at the Kent Music School, and kept his connection with music in the area despite moving away to study music at Cambridge and the Royal College of Music. Jérôme has been associated with the orchestra since the 1980s - when it was called Rochester Arts Orchestra - and has performed three concertos with the CRSO. He works in the City of London but still performs concerts regularly, and is the pianist in the City of Rochester Chamber Ensemble (CRCE). He was elected Chairman of the CRSO in September 2015.

Jérôme Sadler - Chairman

Jérôme was born in France and moved to Kent at the age of nine. He began his piano studies with David Sams at the Kent Music School, and kept his connection with music in the area despite moving away to study music at Cambridge and the Royal College of Music. Jérôme has been associated with the orchestra since the 1980s - when it was called Rochester Arts Orchestra - and has performed three concertos with the CRSO. He works in the City of London but still performs concerts regularly, and is the pianist in the City of Rochester Chamber Ensemble (CRCE). He was elected Chairman of the CRSO in September 2015.

Jerome Sadler - Piano
Lis Sadler - CRSO Orchestral Manager

Elisabeth Sadler - Orchestral Manager

Elisabeth was brought up in Germany, Belgium and Italy, and studied Music at Cambridge where she specialised in early twentieth century Italian music. She is particularly fond of the music of Busoni and Dallapiccola. Elisabeth is passionate about the CRSO's mission - nurturing excellence in the community through music - and pours her energy into building the reach and reputation of the orchestra. Elisabeth is a mother to four young boys, plays the Piano, Violin and Viola. She plays in the Viola section of the CRSO, and is also the Violist in the City of Rochester Chamber Ensemble (CRCE).