R.I.P. Sir Colin Davis

Yesterday (Sunday 14th April), the conductor Sir Colin Davis died at the age of 85. This is very sad news indeed. I won’t event attempt to write a comprehensive obituary piece here. Many others have already done this much more knowledgeably than I could ever do. You can also get an idea of the affection in which he was held by looking at the condolence page at the website of the London Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra with which he was associated for over fifty years.

What I will do is pay a small tribute in my own way by posting this sprightly and engaging version of For unto us a child is born from Handel’s Messiah which shows him in action, conducting the London Symphony Orchestra (at the Barbican in London) with a very characteristic combination of authority and obvious enjoyment.

Farewell, Sir Colin Davis. You will be greatly missed.

2 Responses to “R.I.P. Sir Colin Davis”

  1. Bryn Jones Says:

    I am greatly saddened by the death of Sir Colin Davis. I am a regular visitor to concerts at the Barbican Centre in London and have heard him conduct there a great many times, particularly with the London Symphony Orchestra.

    Audiences could be assured that his performances would always be of a high standard and were frequently absolutely outstanding.

    I’ll try to listen to recordings of his 1990s LSO Sibelius symphony cycle this week as a personal tribute.

  2. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called
    The mighty God,
    The everlasting Father,
    The Prince of Peace.”
    (Isaiah 9:6 AV)
    peace can only be found in Jesus Christ!

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