The writer on music Ivan March has died at the age of 90. His musical skills extended to playing the horn, first in the RAF Central Band (National Service) and later with the D'Oyly Carte and Carl Rosa Opera orchestras. In 1954 Ivan founded the Long Playing Record Library, and went on to form the Stereo Record Guide, written in conjunction with Edward Greenfield and Denis Stevens (the latter succeeded by Robert Layton), which evolved to become The Penguin Stereo Record Guide and then The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs.

For many years Ivan March wrote for Gramophone magazine, its tribute citing him as an "Expert and generous-spirited critic, whose life was devoted to celebrating classical music on record." Ivan March was born on 5 April 1928 in Portsmouth, England, and he died on 1 November 2018.


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