Brum’s beloved Bone will be laid to rest on Wednesday

Brum’s beloved Bone will be laid to rest on Wednesday


norman lebrecht

April 12, 2015

The family of Danny Longstaff, ex-second trombone of the CBSO who died last week at 63, have asked us to post details of his funeral for all who knew and loved this heartbeat of music in the Midlands.

The funeral will be held at St Paul’s Church, St Pauls Square, Birmingham at 2pm on Wednesday 15 April.
The wake will be held at Brasshouse, Broad Street, Birmingham from 3.30pm.
Dad knew so many people…it would be amazing to have as many people there as can come.
During the funeral there will be an opportunity for anyone who would like to join in with accompanying the hymns, so bring your instruments if you would like! Music and stands will be out in the church. The hymns will be: ‘Immortal, invisible, god of us all’ and ‘I vow to thee my country’.
We will be accepting donations rather than flowers if anyone wants to contribute. We will be raising money for the Critical Care Trust Fund (at City Hospital) as they provided such amazing care for Dad whilst he was there.


  • Peter Donohoe says:

    Many thanks for posting this, Norman.

    I was very sad and shocked to hear this news. Danny Longstaff and I had a lot in common, particular with regard to views on arts provision in the UK ‘regions’. He was a very fine trombonist, a huge asset to the CBSO during the Ratte era, both as a musician and as an active member. In addition he founded a freelance chamber orchestra – a testimony to his commitment to proactivity in creating music and opportunities for musicians in his local area.

    My thoughts go to his family and friends.