Hus­band’s trib­ute to mu­sic teacher ‘Winnie’ Fos­ter who died aged 82

Evening Express (City Final) - - Uk & Abroad -

A CEL­E­BRATED mu­si­cian who touched the lives of many has died at the age of 82. Winifred ‘Winnie’ Fos­ter, pic­tured, took on many mu­si­cal roles through­out her life, in­clud­ing as a school teacher and com­poser. Born in 1934 and brought up in the Hardgate in Aberdeen, Mrs Fos­ter was ed­u­cated at the Cen­tral School, be­fore study­ing briefly at Gray’s School of Art.

In the 1950s she em­i­grated with her fi­ance to Toronto, Canada, where her two daugh­ters, Mar­garet and Caro­line were born. She re­turned to the North­east af­ter her mar­riage ended, and in 1964 en­rolled to study an MA Hon­ours in mu­sic at Aberdeen Univer­sity.

There she would meet her hus­band-to-be Charles Fos­ter, who was one of her class­mates.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing, Mrs Fos­ter spent two years as a mu­sic teacher at Torry Academy. Mr Fos­ter said: “Winnie worked tire­lessly to pro­mote the mu­si­cal de­vel­op­ment of her pupils, and was a par­tic­u­larly sen­si­tive and oblig­ing ac­com­pa­nist on the pi­ano.

“Many of the pupils she helped nur­ture went on to be­come pro­fes­sion­als.”

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