Death of UK orchestra founder, 100

Death of UK orchestra founder, 100


norman lebrecht

April 14, 2019

Founder of the Phoenix String Orchestra and other ensembles, Alan Bolt who has died after passing his century led an active musical life in both the south and north of England.

Not to mention a German POW camp.

Family obit here.



  • anon says:

    more on ‘Amazing Al’-

    Farewell to Furness 100-year-old Alan Bolt
    By Tom Murphy
    FAMILY and friends are to say goodbye to a retired teacher who died within weeks of celebrating his 100th birthday…

    From rugby union player to prisoner of war,
    English teacher
    to musician and racehorse owner,
    Mr Bolt’s century was an eventful one…

    “He was determined to make 100,
    it wasn’t the party that carried him off,” said Mrs Bolt.

    “Basically his heart just gave out.”

    More than 130 well-wishers had gathered at Mr Bolt’s birthday party at Rampside Village Hall.
    “He was absolutely overwhelmed with how many people came. He did enjoy it,” said Mrs Bolt.

    Among the many roles once held by her late husband were chairman of governors at Low Furness School and master of North Lonsdale Foxhounds.
    Mourners will be invited to make donations to the trail hunting pack, Aldingham Church and the Injured Jockeys Fund.

    Mr Bolt was part owner of the racehorse She’s Got Fast.

    Mrs Bolt is going ahead with her late husband’s plans to sponsor a steeplechase at Cartmel Racecourse on May 25, to be called the Alan Bolt Memorial Chase…