We have been informed of the death of Nick Busch, principal horn of the London Philharmonic Orchestra for 35 years through the eras of Bernard Haitink, Georg Solti and Klaus Tennstedt, the last of whom was extraordinarily proud of him. He was 73.
Our sympathies are with his widow, children, family and friends.
Judy Grahame, head of public affairs at the LPO in the Tennstedt period writes: ”Tennstedt adored Nick Bush. He performed Brahms 3 at the Festival Hall- a symphony Klaus avoided because of its quiet ending- because “no-one can play the slow movement like Mr Busch.. It is a miracle.”. Nick was not one to fawn over conductors. I remember some difficult confrontations with Solti. But although he never expressed his feelings, it was clear that he loved Klaus. I once took the Tennstedts to Nick’s home near Cambridge – his wife, Maggie, was a fantastic cook- and Klaus asked me to take a photo of “me and this genius.” Perhaps, now, they can be reunited.”
And here’s a no-holds-barred interview Nick gave not long ago.