Orchestra founder ‘killed by asbestos’

Orchestra founder ‘killed by asbestos’


norman lebrecht

August 18, 2015

Sixty years ago, railway worker Roy Harrison was among the founder members of the Derby County Orchestra. As a young man he held down a job as a fitter and millwright at the Locomotive Works.

Later, he requalified as a music teacher.

He carried on playing the flute into his 80s despite suffering from pulmonary fibrosis probably contracted at his first job. Roy credited his ability to play with lungs scarred by asbestos  inhalation to good diaphragm technique.

Moving story here.

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