Roger Huckle has been the inspiration and guide for Bristol Ensemble – Bristol’s professional chamber orchestra, and a cherished musicians’ collective of exceptional standard – since its foundation in 1994.
Born in Bristol, Roger studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire and with Frederick Grinke, was a member of Norway’s Bergen Philharmonic, and now performs with leading UK orchestras – including co-leading the London Concertante and Opera Box Orchestra.
Roger appreciates Bristol Ensemble players’ musical hunger and real commitment to the group’s performances. He always aims for heart-felt music making, and fondly recalls the transcendent spirituality of a 2004 Emerald Messiah.
Although his favourite journey is Bergen to Oslo by road, he loves Bristol’s Downs, and describes the tip of Worms Head at Rhossili in Gower as his favourite place in the world.
KEYBOARDS, SOUNDS, COMPOSER
Marcus has special interests in organ, dance, vocal and electro-acoustic music. He chorister at Worcester Cathedral and read Music at Birmingham University and received a master’s in composition at City University.
2022 was a busy year. NyNorsk Messingkvintet (New Norwegian brass quintet) premiered his piece Let There Be Light at Bergen Kirkeautunnale (church music festival), Voice (UK based vocal ensemble) premiered new music at 3 Choirs Festival, Hereford and BBC Radio 3.
His music has been performed on radio and festivals throughout Europe, including Bergen Kirkeautunnale 2020 (church music festival) with his concert Sacred Space, CTM12 festival Berlin where his piece ¨The Passing¨ was a pick of the festival and broadcast by Radio Deutschland (released on Touch). Bergen Festspillene 2012 (International Music Festival) with Bee Symphony, a collaboration with sound recordist Chris Watson.
Marcus has lived and worked in Bergen, Norway since 2010. He is trying to learn to ski, particularly the bit where you successfully stop.