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Adrian A. Smith

b. Kingston-upon-Hull, 28 October 1931

d. Huddersfield, 6 December 2005


Contributions from
John Quinn
Paul Serotsky
Sir Malcolm Arnold, CBE
Arthur Butterworth MBE
Mathew Curtis
Keith Llewellyn
Elaine Carter
Marilyn and Dick Myers, Edgewood Symphony Orchestra
Stuart Marsden, SPO Trumpeter

From Elaine Carter, pupil of Adrian’s at St. Gregorys (1965 – 72) -

Memories of Adrian

Adrian was an inspirational musician and teacher. He made the school orchestra a major attraction and a "cool" place to be as teenagers – a great introduction to music-making for young people. He expected of us - and achieved - a high standard, through his enthusiasm, hard work and dry sense of humour. He pursued an adventurous repertoire, unusual for a school orchestra (… "No, we’re not going to play Water Music, that’s for ordinary school orchestras"…). Adrian provided us with the opportunity to join a distinguished orchestra like Slaithwaite which, as far as I was concerned, resulted in the final addiction to orchestral music-making. His enthusiastic presentation of music to so many students, players and audiences has spread the love of music widely, and I feel privileged to be one of the many people who has benefited from knowing our exceptional friend and teacher, Adrian.

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