Obituary: Sir Colin Davis (1927–2013)


It is with deep sadness that the LSO announces the death of its esteemed President, Sir Colin Davis.

Sir Colin first conducted the LSO in 1959 and became Principal Conductor in 1995. He was the longest serving Principal Conductor in the LSO’s history and has been at the head of the LSO family for many years. His musicianship and his humanity have been cherished by musicians and audiences alike.

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Obituary: Kieron Moore (1963–2012)


Principal Oboe (1989–2012)

The LSO is greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Principal Oboe Kieron Moore on 22 October 2012 after a long illness.

Kieron Moore was born in 1963 in Bishops Stortford. Whilst studying with Lady Evelyn Barbirolli at the age of 16, Kieron was awarded an Associated Board Scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music. During his studies at the Academy, he won all the prizes for wind playing, including the oboe prize in his first year.

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Obituary: Nigel Gomm (1959–2011)


Second Trumpet (1988–2011)

The LSO is deeply saddened by the recent death of LSO Trumpeter, Nigel Gomm, on Sunday 30 October 2011 at the age of 52 after a short illness.

Nigel began playing the trumpet at the age of eight, achieving Grade 8 by the age of 11. Whilst at school he travelled weekly to the Royal Academy of Music to have lessons with Sidney Ellison. He went on to study there full-time from 1978–1982, still with Sidney, but also with Bill Houghton. On leaving the RAM Nigel went straight into a career of West End shows and recording sessions, where he gained a significant reputation for his Piccolo Trumpet playing.

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Terry Morton (1934–2012)


First Violin (1966–1991); Personnel Manager (1991–1999)

The LSO was saddened to hear of the death of former LSO violinist Terry Morton on 15 January 2012.

Terry was born in Sheffield and studied the violin at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He joined the LSO as a member of the Second Violin section in 1966 following nine years with the Hallé Orchestra.

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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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