Roger Armstrong

Roger Armstrong was born in Northern Ireland but moved to Australia at the age of 10. He took up the flute at the age of 15 and, after graduating from the Sydney Conservatoire of Music with first class honours, joined the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Soon after returning to Britain Roger was appointed Sub-Principal Flute with the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra, a post he held for 17 years. Since leaving the BBCWSO Roger has pursued a varied freelance career. As Principal Flute with the Bristol (formerly Emerald) Ensemble he plays concertos, chamber music and contemporary music in addition to orchestral work.

Roger has a keen interest in the psychology of music and has made an extensive study of the music of Beryl Howell, an autistic composer. His study of music psychology also contributes to his teaching, particularly in the development of effective practice strategies. His style of teaching follows that of his own teacher - rigorous but informal. He encourages students to learn through enquiry, exploration, discovery, experimentation and self evaluation. He views his role as a teacher as one of advisor, guide and assistant in that learning process.