The ACO was sad to hear that Sir Neville Marriner, one of the world’s greatest conductors who also founded the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, died over the weekend at the age of 92.
Back in March 1976, the Australian Chamber Orchestra had the privilege of welcoming Sir Neville as guest director of our first ever National Tour. With another of the greats Christopher Hogwood as soloist, Sir Neville and the Orchestra toured Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney performing concerts that included Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence, Mozart’s Divertimento in B-flat major and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis.
We thank Sir Neville Marriner for his immeasurable contribution to the world of music. Our sincere condolences to his family at this very difficult time.