Jerome Roche took BA (1959-62), MusB (1964-67) and doctorate (1968) at St John’s College, Cambridge. Roche is known for his work on 17th-century Italian church music, and published monographs on Palestrina (1971) and Lassus (1982). He also published editions of the music of North-Italian composer Alessandro Grandi, making his music more widely known, and several anthologies of madrigals and Italian church music.
Roche taught at Durham Univesity from 1967 right up until his premature death in 1994. He was remembered for his committed Catholicism, a ‘beatific smile’, and a range of nicknames from Roash to Jerosh to Roatch.
See David Fallows, ‘Jerome Roche, 1942-94’, Early Music 22 (4) (November, 1994), pp. 713-714; David Scott, ‘Roche, Jerome (Lawrence Alexander) Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy (Accessed 9 February 2007).