Roy Goodman is Director Emeritus of the European Union Baroque Orchestra.
He has worked as guest conductor with over 120 orchestras and opera companies worldwide – from Carnegie Hall New York to the Royal Albert Hall Proms in London, and from Berlin Philharmonic Hall to the Sydney Opera House. Born in January 1951, Roy Goodman first achieved international fame with the choir of King’s College Cambridge under Sir David Willcocks, as the boy soloist in Allegri’s Miserere(Decca Legends 1963). åJust seven years later, as a busy student in 1970, Roy became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, made his début as soloist in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto (South Buckinghamshire CO/Malcolm Goldring), deputised as Organist at the Temple Church in London (a weekend substitution, while George Thalben Ball was on tour in Australia), played the organ at the Royal Festival Hall for three carol concerts and for a BBC Maida Vale studio recording of Respighi’s Pines of Rome (Peter Fletcher/London Schools SO) – AND got married!!
During the following eight years from 1971, after completing his violin studies with a performer’s ARCM diploma and a music Teacher’s Certificate ‘with credit’, Roy was successively Head of the Music Department at two large comprehensive schools in Reading (Alfred Sutton Boys School 1971-4 and Bulmershe School 1975-7), and then Senior String Tutor for the County of Berkshire (1977-9) in charge of all the string peripatetic teachers.
In addition, he was leader of the Slough Philharmonic (from 1973) conductor of the Reading Youth Orchestra (1974-6), and was also ‘moonlighting‘ as an orchestral violinist on the London scene (ranging from Messiah with the Richard Hickox Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall Proms in 1973, to Rameau’s Les Boréades Prom with John Eliot Gardiner in 1978).