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Roger Montgomery (conductor and french horn) studied at the University of York and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Anthony Halsted. Interested in contemporary music and period instrument performance he plays horn with many of the leading groups in both fields, and is a member of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. As a founder member and conductor of Jane's Minstrels he has given many premieres and performed at leading festivals in the UK and in the USA, Scandinavia and Europe, directing three compact disc recordings for the NMC label and frequently broadcasting for the BBC. He has also directed Avanti!, BBC Singers, Endymion, Capricorn, Park Lane Group Ensemble, Ondine (in several series of Contemporary classics and new works) and the recently formed Orchestra 18/20. This April he was invited to conduct the Esbjerg Ensemble in the premiere of Morten Olsen's Ictus for Danish Radio. With NMP, he has directed many performances including Ligeti's Aventures and Nouvelles Aventures and the premiere and recording of James Wood's Crying Bird, Echoing Star. Roger teaches at Trinity College of Music.
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