Lead­ing Bri­tish con­duc­tor Sir Neville Mar­riner dies

Malta Independent - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The Bri­tish con­duc­tor and vi­o­lin­ist, Sir Neville Mar­riner, has died at the age of 92, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields says.

Sir Neville started his mu­si­cal ca­reer with the London Symphony Orchestra.

He later es­tab­lished the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, one of the world's lead­ing cham­ber or­ches­tras.

Its chair­man, Paul Ayli­eff, said Sir Neville's artis­tic and record­ing legacy with or­ches­tras and au­di­ences world­wide was "im­mense".

"He will be greatly missed by all who knew and worked with him and the academy will en­sure it con­tin­ues to be an ex­cel­lent and fit­ting tes­ta­ment to Sir Neville," Mr Ayli­eff added.

A state­ment from the academy said its founder had passed away peace­fully in the early hours of Sun­day.

Born in Lin­coln in 1924, Sir Neville stud­ied at the Royal Col­lege of Mu­sic and the Paris Con­ser­va­toire.

He first played in a string quar­tet, then in the London Symphony Orchestra, dur­ing which time he de­cided to form a cham­ber en­sem­ble from London's finest play­ers.

A group of friends be­gan re­hears­ing in Sir Neville's front room, be­fore tak­ing their name from the London church of St Martin in the Fields where they staged their first per­for­mance in 1959.

The academy, which Sir Neville be­came life pres­i­dent of, says it now has one of the largest col­lec­tions of record­ings of any cham­ber orchestra in the world.

Sir Neville has been widely hon­oured for his work which in­cludes record­ing the sound­track for the 1984 film, Amadeus, and be­com­ing the old­est con­duc­tor to lead at the Proms, in 2014 at the age of 90.

In March, he was made a Com­pan­ion of Hon­our by the Duke of Cam­bridge at Buck­ing­ham Palace, and has also been hon­oured in France, Ger­many and Swe­den.

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