News in 2019
- 21 July 2019: a concert featuring CBR's The Two Sisters Concert Overture Op.57 - details and venue to be confirmed soon
- 20 July 2019: Maureen Redbond (cello) and Janet Roberts (piano) will play CBR's Op.73 "In the Lake Country" in Rayleigh, Essex - details available soon
- 14-15 June 2019: two evening performances of CBR's dramatic cantata Andromeda Op.18, at the Charles Kingsley 200 Festival in Eversley (box office link).
Promotion of the CK200 Festival is already proceeding with great energy!
Charles Kingsley 200 Festival banners
Photo: Sharon Elliott / CK200 Festival
- 25 May 2019: at the English Music Festival in Dorchester-on-Thames, Rupert Marshall-Luck and Michael Korstick will be playing CBR's Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor Op.75 as part of their morning concert
- 3 March 2019: Paul Carr continued his series of Sunday Afternoon Organ Concerts
at Holy Trinity Church, Wordsley DY8 5RU, in a programme which included two works by Cyril Rootham
- Fantasia Overture in D minor Op.14 and Rhapsody on an Old English Tune Op.74
Paul Carr and Dan Rootham in Holy Trinity Church, Wordsley
Photo: Anne Davies
- 2 March 2019: after intense rehearsals the previous day, Quintin Beer conducted the first performance of CBR's dramatic cantata Andromeda Op.18 since its premiere in 1908.
This event was in preparation for the full performances on 14-15 June 2019 (see above) and was co-funded by the Rootham family and the Charles Kingsley 200 Festival.
The performance used the vocal score, with Raya Kostova at the piano. The recording engineer was James Waterhouse, in the beautiful environment of St Cuthbert's Church, Earls Court:
Quintin Beer (conductor), Raya Kostova (piano) and choir in St Cuthbert's Church, Earls Court
- 16 January 2019: Emma Sheppard (viola) and Julian Jacobson (piano) gave a lunchtime recital in Doncaster at the Priory Place Methodist Church -
their fascinating concert included CBR's In the Lake Country Op.73, and full details are on our Concerts page
Cyril Bradley Rootham (CBR) was a composer, conductor, teacher and college organist. For most of his working life he was based at St John's College, Cambridge - a place which he loved. So far five generations of the Rootham family had connections with or have graduated from St John's College.
Although a prolific composer in his own right, CBR also directed his efforts towards the revival of neglected works by established composers (Purcell, Mozart and Handel) and in the promotion of new music from contemporary composers (Vaughan Williams, Kodály, Honegger and Pizzetti ). As conductor of the Cambridge University Musical Society (CUMS), CBR had at his disposal a large orchestra for such musical ventures. The article about CBR on Wikipedia provides more details about his career.
From 1900 until his early death in 1938, CBR was an influential figure in Cambridge musical life. He became Senior Lecturer in Counterpoint and Harmony, and taught a number of musicians who went on to become significant composers (including Arthur Bliss, Armstrong Gibbs and Patrick Hadley).
Previously at the Proms...
- 14 Mar 1923: not a Prom as such but the first performance of CBR's choral work Op.65 "Brown Earth", at a concert in the Royal Albert Hall given by the combined musical societies of Oxford and Cambridge Universities: "Brown Earth" also received the prestigious Carnegie Award
- 19 Sep 1918: CBR premieres his concert overture Op.57 "The Two Sisters", Prom 35 at the Queen's Hall: the music was drawn from his opera Op.55 "The Two Sisters" (which was not completed until 1920)
- 3 Oct 1911: Prom 45 at the Queen's Hall features Henry Wood conducting the premiere of CBR's orchestral Op.36 "A Passer By"
Future plans: during 2019 this website will expand gradually, augmenting the list of CBR's works, telling you about upcoming editions of CBR's music, announcing live concerts, and adding more synchronised score pages to the playlist on the Works page.
Note: if you have any information you would like to contribute to the website, or if you are planning a performance of one of CBR's works, please do get in touch through our Feedback page.