Sir Roger Norrington played the violin and sang from a young age. After studying History and English Literature, he gained several years’ experience of top-class amateur music making, before returning to musical studies at the Royal College of Music in London and the start of his professional career as a singer and conductor. In 1962 he founded the Schütz Choir.
In 1969, Roger Norrington was appointed Music Director of the Kent Opera. He founded the London Classical Players in 1978 in order to study historically informed performance practices on period musical instruments from the time between 1750 and 1900. As a guest conductor he has worked at the Covent Garden Opera House, the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras as well as the New York, Boston, Chicago and Cleveland orchestras, among others.
Sir Roger Norrington was Principal Conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) and of the Camerata Salzburg. At both locations he established a historically informed performance style in a ›modern‹ setting. With The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen he has enjoyed a long and friendly collaboration.