Lament for a brilliant piccolo player

Lament for a brilliant piccolo player


norman lebrecht

November 28, 2017

We reported in August the sad and sudden death in Egypt of Eva Stewart, principal piccolo of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

The Guardian has now published a friend’s tribute:

The piccolo-playing of my friend and colleague Eva Stewart, who has died aged 46 of a pulmonary embolism, reached a big new audience in the final weeks of her life when she gave a dazzling solo performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee, dressed as a bee, at the first ever Relaxed Prom.

On that occasion she entranced live and radio audience members with visual and auditory impairments, but she was also widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading orchestral players, who epitomised today’s multifaceted orchestral musician….

Read on here.


  • Derek says:

    I saw her perform excellently in orchestral concerts a number of times. I heard that she had a great sense of humour and a warmth that put people at ease no matter the occasion.