Stunned by his death in a road accident, colleagues and friends of the LSO’s former principal trumpet, Rod Franks, have been sharing their sorrows and memories.
Clive Gillinson, the orchestra’s former cellist and managing director (now president of Carnegie Hall), writes to www.slippedisc.com:
I knew Rod Franks very well in all my time at the LSO, and listening to his beautiful ,effortless and incredibly musical trumpet playing was one of the highlights of the life of everybody in the orchestra, as well as our audiences. He was also a very special person who contributed in so many ways in addition to his playing: he had a passion for education and was a really great teacher and communicator and he was a tremendous force for good in the orchestra, sharing his great values in so many ways that mattered. It’s impossible to imagine him being snatched away like this and tragic on a human as well as musical level.
Daniel Harding, the LSO’s principal guest conductor, writes:
I can barely comprehend that he is gone. Great sadness and a great man.
LSO violinist Maxine Kwok-Adams, who took the picture below, wrote: You always had time for a smile and a joke. We will miss your consummate musicianship and your friendship.
The BBC played tribute to Rod on Radio 3’s In Tune – an unusual, well-deserved accolade for an orchestral player.