Composer and conductor, teacher and artistic director, Oliver Knussen died this week aged 66.
A towering figure in contemporary music, Knussen was one of the most influential and performed composers of his generation. He was also the recipient of the Ivor Novello Award for Classical Music,
Gary Carpenter, chair of BASCA’s classicial committee said “This week saw the sad passing of Oliver (Olly) Knussen. Apart from his achievements as one of the world’s finest composers and conductors, Olly was unstinting in his support and encouragement of at least two generations of composers, most recently as Richard Rodney Bennett Professor at the Royal Academy of Music. There are innumerable BASCA members whose lives have been enriched over the years by him and all of us at BASCA are devasted that he has gone so early and we will always be grateful and thankful for everything he was and did.”