Anthony Rowland-Jones

Members will be saddened at the news of the death of Anthony Rowland-Jones, a Vice-President of the Society and Honorary President of the Cambridge Branch. He first joined the SRP as a member of the Oxford Branch while he was at New College in the late 1940s, and founded the West-Yorkshire Branch of SRP during his time as an Assistant Registrar at the University of Leeds. Though he pursued a distinguished career in university administration, he will be especially remembered in the recorder world for his series of books Recorder Technique, A Practice Book for the Treble Recorder and Introduction to the Recorder published by the Oxford University Press. These were followed by Playing Recorder Sonatas, also published by OUP. Perhaps some of Anthony’s most significant work was his ground-breaking research into recorder iconography, which resulted in a series of fascinating lectures and many important articles in a number of journals including The Recorder Magazine. An obituary will be posted on the SRP website and included in a future edition of The Recorder Magazine. Our sincere sympathy is extended to his wife Christina and his sons, Charles and Matt.

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  • Like many people I was saddened to hear of the death of Anthony Rowland Jones. I joined his recorder class in Leeds and learned a great deal from him. In May 1961 he approached me to help with a forthcoming concert to be given by a group of recorder players (including Carl Dolmetsch and Walter Bergmann and string players in the Great Hall of Leeds University. It was my job to fill the Hall with schoolchildren for the dress rehearsal. Together we were co-founders of the
    West Riding Branch. We were both invited to take the celebratory 25th anniversary meeting.

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