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Hitchin Symphony Orchestra
Paul Adrian Rooke (Conductor)
Paul Adrian Rooke (Conductor) was born in Peterborough and educated at Bishop’s Stortford College and at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He has been conductor of Hitchin Symphony Orchestra for 33 years. After graduating with a Music (Honours) degree he spent 36 years teaching music in secondary schools, before retiring in 2002. He has now established himself as a free-lance musical originator and editor, in particular transcribing and editing music by Elgar. Paul is Chief Originator for the Elgar Complete Edition.
Paul has conducted and composed from his student days. The list of compositions includes various carols and solo songs, song-cycles, a String Trio, a Flute Concerto, a Saxophone Concerto and an opera. His two symphonies were given their premières by Hitchin Symphony Orchestra in November 2001 and 2006 and have been very favourably received. Panegyric, written in memory of John McCabe, President of Hitchin Symphony Orchestra from 1984 to 2015, was given its first performed in July 2016 and his latest composition Sixty years of harmony written for the diamond jubilee celebrations of Stevenage Male Voice Choir, was given its first performance earlier this year.
In April 1984 Paul conducted a most successful production of the children’s opera The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by John McCabe in the presence of the composer. The following September he became conductor of Hitchin Concert Orchestra and now has a wide repertoire of music by 20th century English composers and some adventurous modern works by Jeremy Aknai, Malcolm Arnold, Douglas Coombes, Gordon Crosse, Peter Maxwell Davies, George Lloyd, John McCabe, Edmund Rubbra, Robert Simpson, Martin Vishnik — and himself.
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