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Sad news: Academy founder has died

Carmel Kaine, one of the founding members and leaders of Neville Marriner’s Academy of St Martin in the Fields, has died, aged 75.

She played in all the London orchestras, married John Willson of the LPO, taught at the Menuhin School and RAM and returned home to Australia to teach and form ensembles in Queensland.


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  1. Edward Longstaff says:

    In recent years Carmel taught at the Purcell School where she was loved and respected. Her pupils and colleagues will miss her enthusiasm, compassion and fine musicianship.

  2. Judy Wagner says:

    A very sad loss. She help found the annual music festival in the village of Tyalgum in northern NSW, & saw it flourish. She also performed with the Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra in its early days. She was a wonderful supporter of music-making.

  3. Carmel has been an inspirational teacher at the Purcell School, where I first met her several years ago. She was so sensitive and careful when mentoring pupils, and helped develop their confidence and musicianship in many ways. Her kindness and wisdom will be long remembered. I shall always think of Carmel as a personal friend.

    • Margaret Wilbow Heywood says:

      Carmel and I were fellow violin students at the Sydney Conservatorium, when we were both young teenagers. I am really sorry to hear of her death. Carmel or Terry as she was then called was always a great worker and a very dear friend. My sympathies to her daughter.

  4. Robert Rawson says:

    Carmel has also been teaching at Canterbury Christ Church University for many years and will be missed students and colleagues. I was glad to have known here and worked with her.

  5. How sad – my sympathies to her family ! I have special memories of Carmel as a wonderful violinist and some special duo performances together!

  6. I very much mourn the passing of Carmel, a superb violinist and a lovely lady.
    But, oh dear, in the vintage photo of the ASMF above ,I am 99% sure that the lady next to Neville Marriner is Diana Cummings, not Carmel Kaine,

  7. Oh no – what a great loss. Carmel was my last violin teacher before I graduated in Brisbane in 1992 and I would be a ‘nobody’ without her. She was my greatest teacher and I can’t believe she is gone.

  8. Katharine Willison says:

    Thank you for your kind words, they are such a support at this time.
    My mother’s memorial sevice is being held on Thursday at 2 in St Mary’s of Charity Faversham.
    I am setting up a Carmel Kaine Scholarship fund to raise money for a prize in her memory.

    • Good to hear from you Katharine. You’re obviously in London too? Where is John at the moment? Is anyone putting up a tribute page or something similar? We won’t all be bale to fly to London for the funeral but I’m sure there will be lots of people from around the world wanting to upload/post something. My Dad died about 5 years ago – it certainly isn’t an easy time and I hope you’re holding up OK. If you like you could let me know your email address? In Sympathy Alex

    • Dear Katharine, Brian and I are in deep mourning of the passing of Carmel. She will always be remembered as a dear and wonderful teacher and friend.

      We would like to contribute to the setting up of Carmel Kaine Scholarship. Please keep us posted.

      Brian and Lily Lee

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