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Tributes to a tremendous talent

Kieron Moore, principal oboe of the London Symphony Orchestra who died on Sunday morning, was the least flashy soloist of an often exuberant ensemble. But his quiet presence at the centre was often remarked upon  by critics and concertgoers long after the more dazzling moments were forgotten. He will be terribly missed.

Kieron spent the last five years fighting cancer. If you worked with him, or admired his skills, do post your appreciation below for friends and family to share. Conductor tributes would be especially appreciated.


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  1. Gillian Callow says:

    i first heard Kieron Moore play when I stumbled upon a Royal Academy of music orchestral rehearsal.They were rehearsing the haunting slow movement of Shostakovich’s symphony no 5 and I was for a brief moment transported by the oboe solo, breathtaking and beautifully played by Kieron.It has stayed with me ever since.
    Many years later as contemporaries in the profession, I had the wonderful privilege of playing alongside Kieron for a week in the L.S.O. He was very welcoming to me as a guest from the provinces and it was a real pleasure to hear his gift for quietly and beautifully executing his work as principal oboe.
    Some may not know that Kieron started his career in the Halle orchestra as a very fine cor anglais player and again I drew inspiration from hearing him on a few occasions.
    His playing was marked by a beautiful sound but also with a special ability to draw the listener to the essence of the music he was playing. His premature death is great loss for the L.S.O. and the orchestral profession.

    Gill Callow, cor anglais, BBC Philharmonic.

  2. Francois xavier Roth says:

    I am very sad and chocked to hear this horrible news. I had the privilege to work with Kieron several times with the LSO and he was an amazing artist. His sound was famous for being one of the most gorgeous oboe sound you could find in London and he was a marvelous colleague, with always nice and constructive conversations. I will miss him a lot. Francois xavier roth

  3. Kieron was the first person I met when we both began at the Royal Academy of Music in 1981. What fun we young students had in the RAM hall of residence in Camberwell…… He made the most exquisite sound on the oboe and was one of the most instinctive musicians I have had the privilege to work with. From wind chamber music to orchestras you just knew that he would play from the soul. He had a talent that you don’ t come across very often.Warmest wishes to his family and friends.

  4. It was with great sadness that Kieron, ny brother-in-law, passed away early Sunday morning (21st).
    It is most heartening to read the thoughts and memories that have so far been posted.
    I look forward, if that’s possible, to the funeral on Friady 9th November and the playing of some or even most of his fellow musicians from the LSO. It will be an emotional but heart warming event.

  5. I was fortunate enough to have studied with Kieron at RAM in the same year. Playing Cor Anglais to him in Symphony Orchestra was a highlight. He was a darling, sweet, man with a highly entertaining and sometimes mischievous sense of humour. One of the most modest and naturally talented oboist/musicians I have had the priviledge to meet. Always striving humbly to create an even more beautiful tone (despite the fact that most folk had already acknowledged him as having one of the most beautiful tones in the UK).

    I remember, as a student sitting in on a rehearsal of Kieron playing a Baroque Concerto in the Dukes Hall. Seated in the balcony I suddenly had a startlingly clear image of Kieron as an 18th Century musician in full 18th century costume. I knew then instinctively what a truely ‘old musical soul’ he was.

    Nicky and Kieron were SO in love at the RAM, always giggling and laughing it was not a surprise when they announced their engagement. I am so sorry it had to end this way Nicky. When I heard of Kieron’s death this week I was surprised by the depth of my grief as I had not seen him recently. I think it is because he touched my heart with the sincerity of his playing and the uncomplicated and loving nature of his character. Dearest Nicky please accept my heartfelt condolences. Kieron was lucky to have you as his wife and loving companion. Heartfelt condolences to all his family too.

  6. Nicholas Daniel says:

    I’m still in shock and disbelief about Kieron being taken from us so young.
    I met him at the Academy where he was one year beneath me, and we had some really good, very funny times together. He was really a fully formed Oboist in his first week, winning the annual étude competition in his first term. I actually remember that performance, it was completely perfect and alarmingly effortless! He was very modest indeed as I remember and criticized it to hell and back.
    He and Jean Owen and I had a jaunt to Graz for a competition. My abiding memory of him is going round and automatic water skiing lake (no boat!) and marveling at his balance! There was more than a little beer at the end of that day.
    There is no doubt that a major talent has been cut down in its prime. We are all the less for his passing, but at least we have some great recordings of him in the LSO, his musical home for years, to enjoy.
    Love to Nicky, and all his friends in the LSO past and present. Roy, John, very much thinking of you. Nick.

  7. Ruth Berresford says:

    My first memory of Kieron Moore was going to an LSO concert when I first moved to London as a very inexperienced oboe student. Hearing him play I whispered to my friend “is that an oboe?” I didn’t believe it was possible to make such a beautiful sound on the oboe.

    I was fortunate to have a term of lessons with Kieron when he did some cover teaching at Guildhall. His standards were high and his approach gentle and patient as I fumbled my way through his lessons on the hardest of reeds desperately trying to force a good sound. I will never forget one lesson when he suddenly raised his arms and exclaimed “Ruth please stop, this isn’t supposed to be torture for either of us!! Please let me scrape your reeds…” after a few seconds of stunned silence we both burst out laughing. Unfortunately I only had the one term learning with him but in that short time I learnt a lot. I was always in awe of the fact that he took such pride in his oboe playing and worked so hard to make sure he was always producing that beautiful and refined playing he was so famous for.

    I saw the LSO quite a lot when I worked as a steward at the Barbican centre during my student days. Kieron was such a lovely man and when he saw me there he would always come and chat and ask me how my studies were going.
    In my postgraduate year I was lucky to be part of the LSO side by side scheme and get to sit next to him occasionally in the orchestra.

    A few years later and after leaving college, one day out of the blue I had a message from Kieron through my diary service. Someone had gone sick in the LSO and he asked if I would step in. I was so stunned that he would trust me with this I immediately rang the diary back and asked them to double check he’d booked the right person!
    When I turned up to the rehearsal Kieron could see I was terrified! He was so kind and completely looked after me, doing his best to make me feel comfortable.

    I will never forget these memories as I will never forget his exquisite oboe playing and his lovely personality. My thoughts are with his wife, family close friends and colleagues at this very sad time.

  8. Gill Parker says:

    Kieron accompanied me when I sang in the Christmas Oratorio at the parish church in Saffron Walden many years ago. He was still in the 6th form then. He played the oboe so sensitively and beautifully. He was such an excellent and thoughtful accompanist even though he was still a teenager. His talent shone out. I still think of him when I sing the arias from it. I often wondered whether he kept up with his oboe but didnt know till now just how much his talent had been recognised and what a splendid person he was. I’m sorry only to read about his life now he has gone.

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