Celebrating Bernard Rose

by Morwenna Brett Famously prickly, irascible, caring and encouraging, Dr Bernard Rose was a one-off, and for over five decades a living legend in the UK's choirmaster world. “If cathedral and church music in England now stand on a peak in the world, Bernard Rose deserves full recognition as one of the people who put it there,” said Roderic Dunnett, in Rose’s obituary in the Independent, in December 1996. Roderic recently contacted the RCO to suggest that, as Monday 9 May 2016 is the centenary of Rose’s birth, 2016 should be marked  “in some vigorous way by as many churches…

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