The English clarinettist Gervase de Peyer has died at the age of 90. He studied first at the Royal College of Music with Frederick Thurston, and subsequently in Paris with Louis Cahuzac.

In 1950 de Peyer was a founding member of the Melos Ensemble and stayed until 1974, numerous recordings made. From 1956 to 1973 he was Principal Clarinet of the London Symphony Orchestra and, during 1969, he helped found The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (New York City), remaining a member for twenty years.

From 1959 de Peyer taught at the Royal Academy of Music (London) and his first-performance credits include Concertos by Arnold Cooke, Sebastian Forbes, Alun Hoddinott, Joseph Horovitz, Elizabeth Maconchy, William Mathias, Thea Musgrave and Edwin Roxburgh. De Peyer recorded as a soloist, including Mozart's Concerto.

Gervase Alan de Peyer was born in London on 11 April 1926 and he died on 4 February 2017.

 

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