Simon Rattle’s orchestra teacher has died

John Ward, principal percussion of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for decades and mentor to countless fine musicians, died last night.

By all accounts, a lovely man.


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  • I met John Ward for the first time on the cricket field. He was playing for the Liverpool
    Phil cricket team, and they had an annual match against my works team – circa 1953/55.

    A lovely man. What a percussionist I was always fascinated by his playing, particularly
    on side drum.

    Ken sumner

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