Erik Knussen dies, at 92

The formidable Erik, uncle of the composer Ollie Knussen and brother of the LSO’s Stuart, has died at a great age.

He was a stalwart of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for 40 years, as a tuba player, double bass and administrator.


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  • Nick2 says:

    I well remember Erik, a key figure in the SNO (it did not use the RSNO title until the mid-1990s) during its glory years with Alexander Gibson prowling backstage at concert halls and in the theatres for Scottish Opera performances. He always made sure everyone was ready. Formidable, definitely, but also a kindly man. RIP

    • Zelda Macnamara says:

      Yes, I remember that time too – those concerts with Alexander Gibson were a major part of my musical education. I watched the musicians in the orchestra like a hawk, and I remember Erik well. RIP.

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