Extraordinary Livia Gollancz, 96, remembers playing through the Second World War

August 2, 2017 by norman lebrecht


Daughter of an eponymous publisher and later his hugely successful successor, Livia recalls the years when she played third horn in the London Symphony Orchestra and principal in the Halle.

Her memory is pinpoint.




photo: Anne-Katrin Purkiss

Comments (5)

  1. Halldor says:

    Presumably she’s the player of that glorious solo in Barbirolli’s great 1943 recording of Bax’s Third – a wonderful moment. Lovely to know that she’s still with us.

  2. Ruben Greenberg says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this interview. I was somewhat dismayed that Barbirolli sacked her simply because she expressed slight reservations about his overly-romantic style when conducting music of the Classical period. I suppose in those days, conductors had absolute power. Anyway, the world lost an excellent horn player, but gained a wonderful publisher.

  3. Malcolm Kottler says:

    If the video does not work for you (it did not for me), here is a YouTube link.

    There are English subtitles on the YouTube version.

  4. Lyn duToit says:

    Thank you Michael, for sending me this interview – so amazing and interesting.

  5. John Wallace says:

    Barbirolli also appointed Maisie Ringham to Principal trombone – very enlightened for the times – and she is still with us too.

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