Brum loses big brass man

We have been informed of the sudden death of Danny Longstaff, second trombone of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for 18 years and a much-loved figure who set up a hostelry, the Fiddle and Bone, while still playing in the orchestra. Danny was 63. Our sympathies to his family and colleagues.


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  • Great musician and man with superb ideas.
    Only the miserable people of Symphony Court and the Council deprived us of his and Mark’s vision.
    He is missed

    • I have spent many months trying to work out what this comment means, but I have failed. Any chance you could let me in on it, Paul?

  • A huge loss to Birmingham’s musical community – and shockingly sudden. Danny wasn’t even retirement age. A great character, Rattle’s second trombone for so many years, a man who got things done, and always terrific company. Until it was silenced by NIMBYs the Fiddle and Bone was one of the best musicians’ pubs in the UK.

  • I had the privelidge of working alongside Danny in the MU orchestra department for the last two years. Always full of ideas and energy, Danny was a great comrade in arms. Even when confronted with the most intransigent of orchestral problems, Danny remained clear headed and kept his sense of humour. A great trombonist, union official and, although not widely advertised, plumber and installer of bathrooms and kitchens as many a musician friend will testify. Farewell my good friend.

  • Really shocked to hear this very sad news. Danny always brought a sense of balance and pragmatism to negotiations between OOTS and the MU, able to see the way forward in everyone’s interest. We’ll miss him and thoughts to his family

  • So sorry about Danny. I played along side of him for many years on trumpet in the C.B.S.O. He was a marvelous player and colleague. always the life and sole of the party.If a gang of us were out having a drink and there was a lull in the joking he would say ; come on lads, lets join hands and join the land of the living; If only, R.I.P. Danny, Alan and Mieke Whitehead .

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