Virus claims a Slipped Disc contributor

Virus claims a Slipped Disc contributor


norman lebrecht

April 12, 2020

We mourn the death from Coronavirus of Robert Avery, founder of Habsburg Heritage Tours who took parties of music lovers to exclusive small festivals around Europe and would anonymously send dispatches to Slipped Disc about things that went clang in recitals.

Robert, who was 70, is survived by his wife of 46 years and constant travel partner, Jane, to whom we send condolences.

Angela Hewitt writes:

It came as a shock this morning to hear that Robert Avery, the founder and director of Habsburg Heritage Tours in London, died on Friday of coronavirus, after spending several weeks in intensive care at King’s College Hospital. He and his wife Jane brought a large group to the Trasimeno Music Festival every year–almost since the beginning. Music was his life, and he never tired of leading music lovers around Europe to places he loved. 



  • Jeffrey Biegel says:

    Norman, I am so very sorry. To his wife, family and friends, pray for his eternal spirit, and for his physical spirit to live on in those who were part of his life and his legacy.

    • Sebastian Cody says:

      Beautifully said. Robert and I first met more than half a century ago. Everyone will miss him, at concerts, operas and ballets all over the world. RIP.

  • peter willig says:

    Very sad news indeed. I participated in many of Robert’s tours over the years and they were all superb, original and well organised. He will be sorely missed. Sincere condolences to the family

  • Peter Mikl says:

    So sorry to receive these devastating news! The world lost one of the kindest persons I got to know, a music and theater aficionado in the best sense with whom I enormously enjoyed watching plays together. Robert, we, Maria and I, miss you, your humor, your kindness and your friendship! Our sincerest condolences to Jane!