Roderick Swanston is 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.