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Canada mourns a formative orchestra chief

April 15, 2018 by norman lebrecht

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Orchestras Canada is responding with great sadness to news of the passing of the organization’s founding Executive Director, Elizabeth “Betty” Webster, C.M. Betty died at the age of 93 after a short illness, with her family close by.

Betty made an indelible impression on everyone who knew her, and was a positive force in Canadian orchestral life throughout her tenure with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (1967-75), the Ontario Federation of Symphony Orchestras and Association of Canadian Orchestras (1975-97), and Orchestras Canada/Orchestres Canada (1997-2001).


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  1. corkee says:

    As a former arts council bureaucrat, I had the privilege and pleasure of working with Betty Webster over a number of years in the 1980s. She was tireless in her support of the Canadian orchestral community, and cared as much (if not more!) about the amateur community orchestra as she did about the ‘big guys’. Remembered fondly.

  2. corkee says:

    As a former arts council bureaucrat, I had the privilege and pleasure of working with Betty Webster over a number of years in the 1980s. She was tireless in her support of the Canadian orchestral community, and cared as much (if not more!) about the amateur community orchestra as she did about the ‘big guys’. Remembered fondly.


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