About the School

Staff Obituaries

James Gibb : 1918 - 2013

Former Head of Keyboard Studies and a much loved and respected teacher and performer

Sir Colin Davis : 1927 - 2013

President of the LSO and a mentor to students at the Guildhall School.

Fred Applewhite : 2013

Former Head of Orchestral Studies at Junior Guildhall.

Thomas Hemsley : 1927 - 2013

English baritone whose singing career spanned more than 40 years.

Robert Schuck : 1955 - 2013

Robert Schuck was a specialist teacher of Alexander Technique at Junior Guildhall.

Dennis Maunder : 1923 - 2012

Maunder directed 20 operas for the School over 12 years during the 1960s and 70s.

Pete Saberton : 1950 - 2012

Pianist/composer Pete Saberton died after a battle with myeloma.

Michael Garrick : 1933 - 2012

Composer, bandleader, pianist and educator Michael Garrick, who taught on the Jazz Summer School.

Victor Slaymark : 1932 - 2011

Victor Slaymark, Professor of Clarinet at the School for 35 years, died on 28 February. 

Blanche Munro : 1917 - 2011

Blanche Munro, Professor of Guitar at the School from 1960 to 1984, died on 22 June aged 94.

John Alldis : 1929 - 2010

John Alldis, who conducted the choir of the Guildhall School from 1966-1979, died on 20 December aged 81. 

Vera Rózsa : 1917 - 2010

Vera Rózsa, Professor of Vocal Studies at the School for many years, died on 15 October aged 93.

John Roffey : 2010

John Roffey, who worked in the Technical Theatre Department for 30 years, died on 13 October.  

Carola Grindea : 1914 - 2009

Carola Grindea, Professor of Piano from 1968, died on 10 July aged 95. 

Lionel Altman : 1922 - 2009

Lionel Altman, former Governor, Trustee and longstanding friend of the School, died on 6 February aged 86

Ian Carr : 1933 - 2009

Ian Carr, Professor of Jazz from 1982 until recently, died on 25 February aged 75. 

Pamela Weston : 1921 - 2009

Pamela Weston, Professor of Clarinet from 1951-68, died on 9 September aged 87. 

Jeff Clyne : 1937 - 2009

Jeff Clyne, Professor of Bass in the Jazz Department, died unexpectedly on 16 November. 

Ivy Sharp : 1926 - 2009

Ivy Sharp, former Governor of the School, died on 15 August 2009. 

Alan Hazeldine : 1948 - 2008

Alan Hazeldine, Professor of Conducting at the School for many years, died on 10 November at the age of 60. 

Andrew Tansley : 2008

Andrew Tansley taught on the Stage Management and Technical Theatre course for a short period of time. 

Leonard Stehn : 2008

Leonard Stehn, Professor of Cello at the School since 1971, died in October 2008. 

Ewen Balfour : 1942 - 2008

Ewen Balfour, govenor and trustee of the School, died on 10 December. He was 66. 

Max Morgan : 1914 - 2007

Max Morgan, alumnus and Professor of Violin at the School from 1947 for forty years, died in mid-June at the age of 92. 

Dame Thea King : 1925 - 2007

Dame Thea King, Professor of Clarinet, died on 26 June at the age of 81. 

Katherine McGillivray : 1970 - 2006

Katherine McGillivray, Professor of Early Music (baroque and classical viola), died suddenly and unexpectedly on 1 August. 

Ian Horsbrugh : 1941 - 2006

Ian Horsbrugh, Principal of the Guildhall School from 1988-2002, died in the early hours of Saturday 22 July. He was 64. 

Paul Hamburger : 1920 - 2004

Paul Hamburger, Professor at the Guildhall School, died 11 April 2004.

William McAlpine : 1922 - 2004

William McAlpine joined the staff at the Guildhall School in 1973. He was a distinguished performed and tutor, he will be greatly missed. 

Vilém Tausky : 1910 - 2004

Vilém Tausky, Director of Opera and Head of Conducting at the Guildhall School from 1966-1992, died 16 March 2004. 

Yfrah Neaman : 1923 - 2003

Yfrah Neaman, Professor of Violin at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama for over 40 years, passed away on 4 January 2003.