Roger Bigley

The British Viola Society pays tribute to Roger Bigley who  died on Sunday 9th June 2013 after a short illness.  He was  69.
Roger co-founded the  Lindsay Quartet in 1965, specialising in the Beethoven and Bartok quartets. He left in 1985 to become assistant principal viola of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in Manchester and later assistant head of strings at the Royal Northern College of Music. The Lindsay Quartet disbanded in 2005.

The British Viola Society’s President Louise Lansdown says

Roger was a wonderful colleague and friend. I had the privilege of having some lessons from him and then working alongside him at the RNCM for several years. He was a soft and gentle soul who adored mischievous jokes and always had a twinkle in his eyes. Roger was a wise and devoted teacher who was captivated throughout his life by sound…always talking about Lionel Tertis’s Essay on the “Beauty of Tone in String Playing” and the Principles of Son File( `). It was a joy to behold watching Roger play String Quintets on the beloved “Archinto” Stradivarius Viola in the Concert Hall at the RNCM, shortly before the Lindsay Quartet disbanded. This was the wonderful viola he had been loaned for some of the period he had played with the Lindsay’s….
A highlight just before Christmas at the RNCM (back in the day…around 1998-2000) was the pantomime with Rodney Slatford (the then Head of Strings), Roger Bigley (then Assistant Head of Strings) and the late Dr Christopher Rowland (the then Director of Chamber Music) cross dressing…prancing around in 6-inch stilettos, wearing fish net stockings and wigs! Absolutely hilarious…thank you Roger for these priceless memories. Your contributions to music and music education will be felt for many generations to come!

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Viola 2013

Friday 19th April 6.00pm: Viola Spaces
David Josefowitz Recital Hall, Royal Academy of Music
Free, no tickets requiredGarth Knox viola d’amore
Academy viola studentsGarth Knox Viola Space Variations on Marin Marais;Viola Spaces
Ockeghem Malor me batGarth Knox Ockeghem Fantasy for viola d’amore and five violas

Music from the fifteenth century and the dawn of the eighteenth century is given a modern twist in the hands of violist/composer Garth Knox, who will guide viola students through the use of contemporary playing techniques in a performance firmly embracing the concept of the Academy’s ongoing 400+ series. The concert also includes a student presentation of Knox’s renowned Viola Spaces — a comprehensive exploration of the twenty-first-century viola sound world.


Bärenreiter’s Concert Pieces

Click on the following link to see Publications on Bärenreiter’s Concert Pieces and Bärenreiter Viola Music.


Viola Masterclass: Tatjana Masurenko
Tuesday 15 January
, 6.00–9.00pm
Henry Wood Room, Royal Academy of Music, London NW1 5HT
With Tatjana Masurenko, soloist, renowned teacher and ERASMUS exchange professor from the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Conservatory of Music and Theatre, Leipzig.
Free, no tickets required


Viola Masterclass: Philip Dukes
Thursday 24 January
 2013, 2.00–5.00pm

Henry Wood Room, Royal Academy of Music, London NW1 5HT
With Philip Dukes, Visiting Professor of Viola. This class will focus on Brahms’s viola sonatas.
Free, no tickets required


Eleventh Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition held in Port Erin, Isle of Man from 16-23 March 2013



Yuri Bashmet International Viola Competition