Derbyshire’s fascinating – yet largely unknown – composer

Heard of the 20th-century Derbyshire composer Roger Coke? Few have, but he led a fascinating life, as Rosy Thacker reveals after extensive research.

IN November 2017, a rare piano concerto by Roger Sacheverell Coke was played on BBC Radio 3. Roger hailed from Pinxton in Derbyshire – but how many people know that now?

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