COLONEL ROBERT BLAKE IS WELCOMED BACK TO LYME!

The band is hugely looking forward to its forthcoming day-long workshop on May 4th, led by conductor and composer Rod Starr. Rod brings a wealth of experience creating, directing, teaching and performing music and the band is in for a real treat.

Rod has written a march for the band entitled ‘General at Sea’ dedicated to Colonel Robert Blake who is often referred to as the ‘Father of the Royal Navy’. As well as being largely responsible for building the largest navy the country had then ever known, from a few tens of ships to well over a hundred, Blake also produced the navy’s first ever set of rules and regulations, The Laws of War and Ordinances of the Sea. His Sailing instructions and Fighting Instructions, which were major overhaul of naval tactics written while recovering from injury in 1653, were the foundation of English naval tactics in the age of sail. Blake’s association with Lyme Regis is that he played a leading role in holding the town when it was besieged in the civil war. Rod’s march is also dedicated to the Lyme Regis Town Band.

The workshop will begin at 10.30. Brass players and bands from the area are most welcome to join us – please let us know by April 6th, via this website, if you would like to come. There will be no charge and lunch will be provided.

More about Roderick R Starr M.Mus LRAM FISM

Roderick grew up in Winchester where he developed his love of music in and around Winchester College and St Cross. He initially studied the organ under Isadore Harvey and later general music under Ernest Stride and David Squibb in Kent when he joined the Royal Marines School of Music and from where he developed as a composer and conductor. He went on to become a Bandmaster and a Director of Music. He studied harmony and composition under Michael Hurd and later 20th Century composition with Martin Ellerby.

He has been commissioned to compose works ranging from Christmas carols to large symphonic pieces. The West Leigh Trust commissioned Roderick to compose a large work for mixed children’s choir, treble soloist, two pianos and percussion which he based on the story of Rumpelstiltskin and in 2013 the Waterlooville Music Festival commissioned him to compose a large scale work for Symphonic Wind Band which he entitled Scherzo Grandoise. The“Chiure de Vent” society in Lille, France, honoured him with an award for his Shifting Sands wind band composition.

Roderick currently lives in Emsworth, near Chichester from where he composes music and teaches for Associated Board Theory examinations. He was the organist of St Mary’s Church, Chidham before taking up the post of Director of Music and Organist of St George’s Church Waterlooville. He is particularly honoured to be successor to his late wife Stella who held this post before him.

Roderick is a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music in conducting. He holds a Masters Degree in 20th Century Composition and is a Fellow of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.

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