Martin Anthony Burrage
Adopted in memory of Mrs Anne Wolff
Martin Anthony Burrage (‘Tony’) is a classically trained violinist, pianist, teacher and music animateur. After graduation from the Royal Academy of Music and the BBC Training Orchestra, in 1971 he joined the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Founder Director of Ensemble Liverpool, Live-A-Music & Elegant Music, Tony is a keen chamber musician. In 2001 Tony was honoured to be made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, the first such award to be granted by the academy for contributions to music in the community.
What was your earliest musical memory?
Organ concert, Brighton Pavilion, and later the CBSO coming to my school, a ‘sec mod’ in Redditch, to do a concert. I went home, aged 11, to announce to my startled (and probably horrified) parents that I wanted to be a violinist. My mum, bless her, took me seriously, even though we were genuinely penniless.
If you weren't a musician, what you would be?
Can't begin to imagine, my whole life has been as a musician. I play and teach!
What is your favourite Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra recording?
Elgar Violin Concerto with Hugh Bean; and the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Piano Quintet which we performed as Ensemble Liverpool / Live-A-Music in the Philharmonic Hall as the first performance in living history. It was recommended as Choice of the Week in the Guardian and I was delighted to have discovered and release the score in playable parts.