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Cheniston K Roland (Violin Historian)

Athenaeum, Church Alley
Liverpool, L1 3DD, United Kingdom


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Cheniston K Roland
Violin Historian)


Born Liverpool 8.3.1932.
Violin Historian - authority on violin players and the history of violin recordings.
Educated private school then public school Liverpool College 1944 - 1949.
Studied violin with J E Matthew, Helga White and Gerhardt Drechsler.
Merseyside Youth Orchestra 1954 - 1956.
Graduate Liverpool Matthey School of Music 1950 - 1958.
Married 1960, wife Jacqueline born 4.10.1937, who is a senior lecturer in business studies in further education.
First person to photograph The Beatles on 10 May 1960, the day they changed their name while auditioning at the
Wyvern Club, Wood Street Liverpool where there is a photomural of this picture commemorating the event
Merseyside Arts Festival 1962 - member organizing committee with Roger McGough, Adrian Henri and others.
Collaborated with author on "Two Centuries of Music in Liverpool"(1974)
Lecturer in Music Liverpool Corporation 1974 - 1976.
Contributor to "The Book of the Violin" (1984) on violin recordings as an historical document, discographies and violinistís profiles.
Also broadcasts and lectures. Private collection of 78 rpm violin recordings 1898 - 1951 together with tapes of historical broadcasts of live broadcasts of violin performances 1933 - to the present .
Library of scores - Autographs - posters - programmes - letters and other violin memorabilia.
Lecturer in Accountancy 1992 - 1994 Liverpool College of Further Education.
Hopes Festival lecture - 1998 "Two Centuries of Music in Liverpool - some interesting stories".
Hopes Festival lectures - 1998 "Paganini's First Visit to Liverpool 1832
British Medical Institute lecture - 1998 "Paganini's Medical papers with particular reference to Marfan's Syndrome" in collaboration with Dr P Dangerfield of Liverpool University Medical School
Hopes Festival lecture - 1999 "Sir Charles Santley" given at St Francis Xavierís Church, where he sang as a child
Athenaeum Music Lecture - 1999 - "Paganini's First Visit to Liverpool 1832"
Roland's Dictionary of Liverpool Music and Musicians Rockcliff (1999)
Violin Editor ClassicalMusicGuide to the web (2000)
"Encyclopaedia of Death and Dying" Routledge (2000) contributed seven music articles
Athenaeum Music Lecture - 2001 "200 Years of Music in Liverpool - updated"
Athenaeum Music Lecture - 2001 " The Influence of Music on James Joyce - Tenor"
Athenaeum Music Lecture - 2001 - Sir Charles Santley
Ferrara University Paper - "Aldo Ferraresi the Paganini of Ferrara"
Athenaeum Lecture - 2002 "A Musical Christmas in Retrospect"
Ferrara University Lecture - 2003 "Jeno Hubay and the Modern Hungarian Violin School"
Athenaeum Music Lecture - 2005 "Felix Yaniewicz Proprietor and Friend of Mozart"
Valetta University - 2005 "Paganini's First Visit to Liverpool 1832"
Valetta University - 2005 "Jeno Hubay and the Modern Hungarian Violin School"
Athenaeum Music Lecture - (2006)"Sherlock Holmes Violinist," a musicological look at this virtuoso.

Future lectures arranged and awaiting dates are:-
Lexington University - "The Jewish violinist an individual sound"
Madrid School of Music - "Playing the violin well is only the first step on the concert ladder"
Frescobaldi Conservatoire - "Musicology the role of the Violin Historian".
"Paganini's Disastrous Visit to Ferrara".
The Four Great Violin Schools in the first half of the twentieth centaury"
"Playing the violin well is only the first step on the concert ladder"

At present researching a book on " Memoirs of Signor Paganini"

Writing activities :-

Violin Editor ClassicalMusicGuide to the web (2000)
Contributor to mouvement-nouveau (tokai) music magazine of CD reviews and music column.


Dictionary of International Musicians (1974)
Two Centuries of Music in Liverpool (1974) by Stainton de B Taylor.
Adam magazine (Oct 1981) edited by the late Miron Grindea MBE.
The Book of the Violin (1984) edited Dominic Gill.
Collaborated in production of LP, and contributed biographical article of Philip Newman (1987).
Collaborated and advised on the production of 3 CDs of Carl Flesch with violinists son Carl Flesch Jnr.
Supplied life story and personal photographs for "How They Became the Beatles" written by Gareth Polowski (1989)
The Encyclopaedia of the Beatles People, compiled by Bill Harry 1997 page 269

Affiliations and Clubs:-
Liverpool Athenśum (established 1797)
Liverpool Medical Institution (established 1802)


Church Alley
Liverpool L1 3DD
United Kingdom

This page last corrected May 10 2006

Interests: Violin history,players, recordings. - Writing CD record reviews, my speciality being Historical CD recordings, violin research and article writing. Conntacting people who love or are involved in the violin world.Radio, Reading, James Joyce, Henry James, S

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • The Book of the Violin ed Dominic Gill (1984)
  • Roland's Dictionary of Liverpool Music and Musicians (1999)
  • "Two Centuries of Music in Liverpool"(1974)
  • Encyclopaedia of Death and Dying (2000)