Simon Rattle’s orchestra teacher has died

January 30, 2018 by norman lebrecht


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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