The player who kept his double-bass in a Victoria Station lockermain
Among the many tales told of Francis Baines in a centennial memoir is that he was prone to keep his instrument in a left-luggage locker at Victoria Station because he had no room for it at home.
Baines was a member of the London Philharmonic and a great friend of Malcolm Arnold, a neighbour and friend of Herbert Howells in Barnes, a founding player with The Hanover Band, a professor at the Royal College of Music, and a presenter on BBC TV’s “So you thought it all started with Bach”.
On Tuesday, 11 April, there will be a memorial concert at Cadogan Hall. Among those taking part are Dame Emma Kirkby, The Hanover Band, Fretwork, Pavlo and Lisa Beznosiuk, Annette Isserlis, Clare Salaman and many more.
press photo (c) Norman Parkinson/NPG