London timpanist retires after singular 42 yearsmain
The Philharmonia Orchestra has ‘bid a fond farewell to our Principal Timpanist Andy Smith, who has just retired after 42 years in the Orchestra.’
While lifelong tenure is common in US orchestras it is less usual in London, where there are infinite distractions and multiple temptations. To spend 42 years in the same orchestra, and still keep your sanity and hair, is a triumph of tolerance and dedication.
We wish Andy a happy and fulfilling retirement.