The saddest news is breaking, that composer and conductor Oliver Knussen has died. He was 66.

Oliver Knussen collecting his Honorary Doctorate from the Royal Academy of Music, 4 July 2018
Photograph: twitter @RoyalAcadMusicBBC Symphony Orchestra statement on Twitter:

"We are deeply saddened to hear that Oliver Knussen has died. Artist in Association of the BBC SO from 2009-14, he was a good friend to the Orchestra & conducted many wonderful concerts. Olly will be sadly missed and our thoughts are with his family and friends."

Commenting on the passing of Oliver Knussen, Alan Davey, Controller BBC Radio 3, BBC Proms, BBC Orchestras and Choirs said:

“Oliver’s death is devastating. He is a towering and irreplaceable figure in British music and had many associations over the years with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Proms and BBC Radio 3. His compositions had such strength, economy and clarity. He selflessly championed the music of fellow composers and was an all-round lovely, thoughtful, engaging man who will be hugely missed by everyone. Our thoughts are with his family and friends."


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