The wife of a viola legend

The wife of a viola legend


norman lebrecht

October 04, 2018

Obituaries are appearing for Helen Clare, a forces favourite in wartime who has died at the great age of 101.

In 1946 she married Frederick Riddle, widely regarded as the finest viola player after Lionel Tertis and William Walton’s favourite performer of his viola concerto.

Riddle was eventually lured by Sir Thomas Beecham to become principal viola of his all-star RPO.

Helen continued performing until 1960. Riddle died in 1995.


  • Tully Potter says:

    Helen was a lovely lady.

  • Jonathan Dunsby says:

    You forgot to say that she was a singer ! All your content was about her late husband.