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In Memoriam: (US) Washington Post Article: "Neville Marriner, who led renowned Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, dies at 92" (by Tim Page, 02 Oct 2016)

Contributed by admin on Oct 02, 2016

"Neville Marriner, the British violinist-turned-conductor who founded the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and built it into one of the most popular and widely recorded chamber orchestras in the world, died Oct. 2. He was 92.

The academy announced the death in a statement on its website. No other details were immediately available. ...

The ensemble began as a group of 13 friends playing baroque music for strings in Mr. Marriner’s living room, but it quickly grew larger and more ambitious. Its first public concert took place at its namesake church in London’s Trafalgar Square in 1958, and shortly thereafter, the group was invited to make its first recording.

It would turn out to be the first of several hundred albums credited to “St. Martin’s,” as it was customarily abbreviated. At least 200 of these were led by Mr. Marriner, initially with nods and gestures as he played the leading violin part and later from the podium." ...

EarlyMusicNews.org (Marc Paré, owner/editor) would like to offer its sincerest condolences to Mr. Mariner's family and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields family of musicians, he will be very much missed and his contributions to the world of historically informed performances and impact on the sphere of early music immeasurable and well appreciated the world over.

Visit the Washington Post website to read the full write up of this tragic news.