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LOVING MEMORY: Tributes paid to internationally renowned music conductor from Watford

 Published on: 2nd May 2024   |   By: Panayiota Demosthenous   |   Category: Uncategorized

The local community has shared tributes to renowned conductor Sir Andrew Davis.

Sir Andrew grew up in Watford and attended Watford Grammar School for Boys. He went from playing the organ for his local parish choir to becoming the long-time chief conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO). He also played the organ at Watford Palace Theatre.

It was announced that Sir Andrew had sadly passed away on April 20, aged 80, following a diagnosis of leukaemia.

A spokesperson for TSO said: “His consummate musicianship, unwavering devotion to our orchestra, and steadfast love for our city have impacted generations of musicians, audiences, and the broader TSO family and will continue to shape the identity of our community for generations.”

A spokesperson for MSO said: “The entire MSO community is in mourning for Sir Andrew Davis. We played with him, we laughed with him, we learnt from him. And now we will miss him.”

A spokesperson for Watford Grammar School for Boys said: “We were saddened to hear of the death of alumnus Sir Andrew Davis. We send our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.”

Photo: Philharmonia Orchestra

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