Death of multitalented London violinist, 55

The supremely capable studio musician, orchestra leader, producer and arranger Sonia Slany died on January 14 after a long illness.

Among other feats, she played the monochord on Howard Shore’s haunting Lord of the Rings soundtrack with the London Philharmonic.

Listen carefully.

Originally from western Australia, Sonia studied at the Royal Northern College of Music before making her career in London. She was greatly loved.

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  • Sonia came and played unaccompanied Bach at a music camp I attended in Western Australia as a teenager, about 35 years ago. I was really captivated by her beautiful sound and energy and organised a lesson with her. I have always been inspired by this small connection and am sorry to hear of her passing. RIP Sonia

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