We are very sorry to announce that Roderick (Roddy) Swanston, our Patron and long-standing ‘favourite’ pre-concert speaker died earlier this week. He was here at Conway Hall only a matter of weeks ago giving one of his wonderful talks which were always special occasions. His whit, warmth, razor sharp mind and limitless enthusiasm for music and art will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Roderick Swanston was a freelance lecturer, writer and broadcaster. He has lectured in Europe, Asia, the United States and Africa. He was a co-founder of the London Song Circle and for seven years the English music lecturer for the Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland. He was also the artistic director of a number of music festivals arranged by travel companies. He has written and broadcast over a hundred programmes for the BBC. Currently he lectures part-time at Imperial College, London, and for a number of private organizations and groups. In 1995 and 1999 he was a Visiting Professor in music at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA. In 2004 he took early retirement from the Royal College of Music where he had taught for twenty-seven years, latterly as the Reader in Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies. He was the President of the Incorporated Society of Musicians serving between 2008-9.