Death of a Liverpool composer, 61

April 19, 2018 by norman lebrecht


James Wishart, lecturer in composition at the University of Liverpool, has died of a stroke at 61.

A reticent, private man, he was content for his music to be appreciated locally.

Comments (2)

  1. R says:

    23 Songs for a Madwoman is nothing short of brilliant and I hope stands as a memorial to his art.

  2. Rob Keeley says:

    Very sad. 61 is way too young. I was thinking about him only the other day. Met him WAY back in 1981 while I was still a student, soon after he’d just got the Liverpool post, full of enthusiasm and busy as pianist (Stockhausen’s ‘Mantra’), conductor (something by Louis Andriessen for open strings) as well as his compositions. He worked himself to the bone for his students, utterly uninterested in fame, or brown-nosing. Remembering above all James’ kindness. RIP.

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