John Harper 1933 - 2015
The Australian Chamber Orchestra is sad to announce that John Harper, our intrepid archivist, has died at the age of 82. John was born in England in 1933 and was Principal Bassoon with the London Symphony Orchestra from 1955-65.
John emigrated to Australia in the late 1960s and worked with the ABC orchestras around the country (notably with the West Australian Symphony and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestras). He has been part of the ACO family since 1991 (when he joined as Orchestra Manager) and was still coming to work at least twice a week as Archivist, until just last week.
He was smart, witty and passionate, but above all he was a loyal and kind friend to all those who knew him. He will be greatly missed.