Sir Roger Norrington Announces Final Performance

By Francisco Salazar

Sir. Roger Norrington has announced that he will retire from conducting.

The British conductor announced that his all-Haydn concert on Nov. 18 with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and soprano Susan Gritton will be his last appearance on the podium.

In a press release, the orchestra noted that the “Royal Northern Sinfonia is celebrating not only the music of Haydn but Sir Roger Norrington himself, as he takes to the stage for what he has decided will be his final night on the conductor’s podium. As a pioneer of the movement for historically informed performance for over 50 years, there is nobody better suited to lead this recreation of Dr Haydn’s London Academy. In 18th Century London, concerts were often known as academies, but despite the scholarly-sounding title, these evenings were pure entertainment, comprising a mixed bill of orchestral, solo, and chamber music. Stripping back modern conventions and traditions, this all-Haydn program breaks up symphonic movements with songs and chamber music, as it would have been experienced by audiences in the 1790s.”

Norrington himself said, “I have enjoyed every minute of over 50 years of making music with some of the most wonderful and talented musicians in the world. The time has come to step off the podium and I am thrilled to spend my last concert as conductor celebrating Haydn with Royal Northern Sinfonia.”

The program will include Haydn’s Symphony No.103 ‘Drumroll’, movements 1 & 2, Set of English Canzonettas, String Quartet Op.76 No.5, Symphony No.103 ‘Drumroll’, movements 3 & 4, March for the Prince of Wales, Set of English Canzonettas, and Symphony No.101 ‘The Clock.’