The death of Walter Weller has brought an outpouring of sympathy and fond memories from players in the many orchestras he conducted. Nowhere more so than in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, where Weller’s credit ran so high in the 1990s that the Scots put his image on a £50 note.
That’s real money you see below, worth $75.
Old-fashioned in the best musical sense of the term, he was an inveterate smoker. He preferred pipes during the day – he carried a set of six – and a cigar after dinner. He would always offer cigars to the rest of the company.