In Memory of Sir Neville Marriner
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We are deeply saddened by the news that Sir Neville Marriner passed away at home in the circle of his family during the night of October 2. We have lost a great musical …

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In Memory of Sir Neville Marriner

03.10.2016

We are deeply saddened by the news that Sir Neville Marriner passed away at home in the circle of his family during the night of October 2.

We have lost a great musical leader who inspired many musicians across the world, not least through his wonderful ensemble the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

Sir Neville was a true English gentleman, with an amiable nature and strong spirit of adventure. He explored all he did with a wonderful sense of fun and he was always full of the joys of making music.

Sir Neville was a part of my life: as he liked to tell with a little wink, he knew me since I was a child. Konzertdirektion Schmid has managed the tours of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields under Sir Neville Marriner since 1969, in the beginning with him leading from the first violin, later, and until today, as their conductor. He founded the Academy and had a formative influence as the orchestra’s Life President. Over the years, he became a close friend of my father’s and of our family, and this friendship is something I cherish very deeply and will always remain a personal inspiration for me.

Alongside his work with the Academy, we also had the honour to represent Sir Neville as a conductor in Germany, for instance as Music Director of the SWR Stuttgart and taking care of his numerous guest engagements with the leading German orchestras.

Sir Neville was very much looking forward to his return to Vienna’s Musikverein ]with “his” Academy and Julia Fischer on October 4. This concert will be an opportunity to take leave of this unique musician and great person. Everyone who knew him will always remember his humanity, generosity and humour. Until the end of his life, he was an extraordinary inspiration and shining example to us all, and will always remain so.

On behalf of the entire team at Konzertdirektion Schmid, our deepest sympathy and thoughts are with Lady Molly, his son Andrew and the entire family, as well as the members of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

Cornelia Schmid and Karen McDonald