Jeremy Dale Roberts in memoriam 6 12 17

Posted on December 7th, 2017 by


Jeremy Dale Roberts listens. Cambridge 2015 Photo Malene Skaerved

On the 6th December 2017 we were very proud to play 5 movements from Jeremy Dale Robert’s epochal ‘Croquis’ ( 1978-80) at the British Composer Awards at the British Museum. In the programme, I wrote: 

 

 ‘It was my joy to work closely with Jeremy Dale Roberts, and to call him friend. He was one of the greatest musicians that I ever met, and this was absolutely bound up with his humanity; if his music has a common thread, it is the question of ‘what does it mean to live?’ The genesis of his extraordinary Quintet was a miraculous process in which the Kreutzer Quartet were honoured to play a small role; working with Jeremy as he refined this masterpiece through its  premieres and leading up to the recording was nothing short of revelatory. Thomas Traherne put it better than I ever could: ‘I felt a vigour in my sense/That was all spirit’. Jeremy’s spirit is a constant in the music-making, the lives, of those who were blessed to know him. The music is unquenchable.’

 

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