Obituary: Harold Lawrence (1923–2011)

LSO General Manager (1968–73)

The LSO is sad to announce the death of former General Manager, Harold Lawrence, on 22 August 2011 in California; he was 88.

Harold Lawrence was born and brought up in New York. He had always wanted to be a concert pianist but at age 15, started too late. Instead his career began at WQXR Radio and in 1956 he became Music Director of Mercury Records. His editing skills became legendary and it was at this time that he brought together the LSO and conductor Antal Dorati. Over the next ten years this winning combination made a series of acclaimed recordings.

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Kathryn McDowell awarded CBE

Managing Director of the London Symphony Orchestra, Kathryn McDowell, has been awarded a CBE for services to music in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2011

Chairman of the LSO, Lennox Mackenzie, said; 'this is a greatly deserved recognition of her hard work and commitment over many years to music both at the LSO and in her previous roles elsewhere.'

Congratulations Kathryn!

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Obituary: Maurice Murphy (1935–2010)

Principal Trumpet (1977–2007)

The LSO was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of its former Principal Trumpet, Maurice Murphy, on Thursday 28 October 2010. Our thoughts and condolences are with his wife and family.

The LSO dedicated its concert on Friday 19 November 2010 to Maurice's memory.

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