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Simon Rattle’s orchestra teacher has died

January 30, 2018 by norman lebrecht

4 comments.


John Ward, principal percussion of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for decades and mentor to countless fine musicians, died last night.

By all accounts, a lovely man.

 


Comments (4)

  1. Rambo says:

    is he the father of conductor Duncan Ward?

    1. Paul Wright says:

      Duncan Ward’s website says that he comes from a non-musical family background. So almost certainly not. (Ward is in any case a very common name).

      1. Steve Ward says:

        No relation to Duncan Ward, John’s sons are Stephen (me) and Philip

  2. Ken Sumner says:

    I met John Ward for the first time on the cricket field. He was playing for the Liverpool
    Phil cricket team, and they had an annual match against my works team – circa 1953/55.

    A lovely man. What a percussionist I was always fascinated by his playing, particularly
    on side drum.

    Ken sumner


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