We regret to report the death of Anne Collis, managing and artistic director of the National Symphony Orchestra.
A percussion player, Anne took charge of a pick-up orchestra that played both symphony concerts and accompaniment to popular singers – among them Hayley Westenra, Nicky Spence, Blake, Russell Watson, Goldfrapp, Gardar Cortes, Lesley Garrett, Kiri te Kanawa and Alfie Boe.
‘Anne runs the National Symphony Orchestra as a cross between a benevolent dictatorship and a club for top musicians,’ she used to say.
She helped many musicians in a tight spot and could turn her hand to anything musical, composing included.
Her daughter, Sally, tells us:
My mother passed away yesterday at 14:18. She was listening to “My love is like a red, red rose” performed exquisitely by Nicky Spence . It was one of her favourite songs. At the end of the song a Lynx helicopter happened to be passing our village and she obviously felt that her exit had been staged perfectly so she chose that moment to leave us, quietly, peacefully and with grace.
I miss her more than words can say. There will always be a piece missing.
Read Anne’s biography here. UPDATE: Sally has published the funeral arrangements:
My Mother’s funeral will be held on Monday 28 October at St Mary’s Church, Henley on Thames. All are welcome and full details can be found on the NSO website -www.nso.co.uk