Anthony Rowland-Jones, having been the first Registrar of the University of Essex, and then a consultant in university administration and development in overseas countries, was the former Vice Principal of the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology (CCAT) and one of the world's foremost writers on the recorder, its technique, music and iconography. He served as Vice Principal of CCAT from 1973 to 1984, playing a pivotal role in the development and range of the first degree programmes offered by the College, and in improving Library and student services. He also served as Chair of CCAT's non-profit-making Housing Association, CAMCAT.
After his retirement in 1984, he was able to devote his time more fully to his other main interests, the music, history and symbolism of the recorder, including teaching in both universities in Cambridge. He has published six books on the subject, including Recorder Technique: Intermediate to Advanced (1959, 3rd edn 2003), Playing Recorder Sonatas: Interpretation and Technique (1992) and, with John Mansfield Thomson, The Cambridge Companion to the Recorder (1995).
In 1996 Anthony Rowland-Jones was made an Honorary Fellow of the University. In 2007 he was awarded the American Recorder Society's Presidential Award of Honour, at the Boston Early Music Festival and in 2008 he was elected an Honorary Vice President of the UK Society or Recorder Players.