New music in mourning for leading publisher

New music in mourning for leading publisher


norman lebrecht

January 15, 2015

An announcement from Schotts:

judith webb




It is with great sadness that Schott Music must announce that our dear colleague Judith Webb passed away on Friday 9 January following a short period of illness. Judith was Managing Director of our London office and a loyal and devoted member of staff for 35 years. Judith started her time with Schott London in 1980 as an administrative assistant and worked in a number of roles in the company before becoming Managing Director and joining the Schott London Board of Directors. She was also a member of the Music Publishers Association Board and was hugely liked and respected throughout the industry. All our thoughts are with Judith’s family at this time.

Dr Peter Hanser-Strecker, Chairman of the Schott Music Group, commented: “It is hard to believe that our dear colleague and management board member Judith Webb is no longer with us. I have known and admired her since she started to work at Schott London. She was a woman of varied interests and knowledge and got to know our business from all aspects and all departments. Her career path within the Schott Group progressed continually and eventually led her to become Managing Director of Schott London. We will miss her unique knowledge, her loyalty, her dedication to Schott and we will especially miss the great friend she was.”

Sam Rigby, Creative Director of Schott London, commented: “On behalf of my colleagues and I here at Schott London, I would like to state the great sadness and shock that we all feel at Judith’s passing. Her contribution to Schott has been immense, and her assured and confident direction will be much missed here and in the wider industry. We will equally miss the warmth of her personality, her dedication to those around her, and the encouragement and compassion that she showed to all of us. Judith always empowered her colleagues, and received great loyalty in return. She will always be in our thoughts.”

Sally Groves, former Creative Director of Schott London, commented: “Judith will be remembered with huge gratitude and affection for her calm good sense, her shrewd judgement and for her appreciative sense of humour. She devoted her working life to Schott Music, and the London office flourished during her time with the company. I am very proud to have worked with her as her fellow director, and owe her so much for her constant support and encouragement. Her family meant everything to her and she adored her two fine sons, Thomas and Harry, and loved bringing them up to see us all in London. Judith, we will miss you very much.”


  • Nicholas Riddle says:

    This is a terrible tragedy for everybody who knew Judith, and an immense loss to the music publishing community. She was one of the very best of its members and an absolute delight to be with, as well as a very constructive and thoughtful colleague. Of course, it is her family that has sustained the greatest loss, and one’s sympathies go out tremendously to them. Everyone in the Edition Peters Group who knew Judith was completely floored by the news and we are still in shock over it. It seems trite to state the obvious about how untimely this is, but in part that is because it is such an inadequate statement. Our strong sympathies go also to her closest colleagues in Schott, who we know are also tremendously upset by this loss of someone very special.