We have been informed that Peter Mountain, who was leader (concertmaster) of several British orchestras, has died in the year of his 90th birthday.
A member of the Boyd Neel Quartet, he played in Klemperer’s Philharmonia before answering the call to lead the Royal Liverpool Phil from 1955-66. He went on to occupy the first seat in the London Philharmonic and the BBC training Orchestra, winding up as head of strings at the Royal Scottish Academy. Many recordings by British orchestras feature his silky solos. He was married for half a century to the pianist Angela Dale. He called his autobiography Scraping a Living.