Marc Rochester | YST Conservatory


SENIOR LECTURER, Music history and criticism


Since the late 1980s, Marc Rochester has played a significant role in the musical life of South East Asia.  Formerly Trinity College London’s Regional Consultant for south east Asia and Australasia, he had previously worked for the Sarawak Government on a project to record the ethnic music of Borneo.  He was also part of the team which set up and managed the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Dewan Filharmonik Petronas in Kuala Lumpur, spending 13 years as both MPO programme annotator and Resident Organist.  He has also been programme annotator for the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and is currently Programme Annotator and English Language Editor for the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

As a performer, Marc has given thousands of organ concerts, broadcasts and recordings around the world, while in his native UK, he has also worked as a choral conductor, operatic répétiteur and orchestral horn player.  He is a prolific music critic and commentator on music, having worked for the BBC, newspapers in the UK, South Africa and Hong Kong, and published numerous articles in major musical journals and reference books. Since 1982 he has been a writer for Gramophone magazine, is on the judging panel for the annual Gramophone Awards, and is currently a music critic for both the Straits Times and MusicWeb International.

His postgraduate research at the University of Wales was on the Swiss composer Frank Martin, and Marc is currently pursuing research interests in the dissemination and reception of Western Music in Singapore.  Previously he has lectured on music history and performance skills at Middlesex University, and was both Music Centre Manager and co-organiser of the 600th anniversary celebrations at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.  Before embarking on his career in music, Marc worked as a London bus driver, and to this day takes a few weeks off from music each year to drive coaches in Europe.