David Trendell has died
About more than a year ago, I received an email from Dr Geoffrey Webber, the Choir Director of Gonville and Caius College Cambridge University, saying," Christine, if you are thinking of bringing a choir to Hong Kong this Christmas (2013), think of King's College Choir, London, they are very good."
I wrote to David Trendell and he said that he would like to bring his choir to Hong Kong.
He was such a gentleman but because he was both the Organist, Choir Director, and Senior Lecturer of the music department at King's College, he was a very very busy man and he did not have an assistant to help him. Everything took much longer to organise.
The Choir came to Hong Kong in December and their concerts were very well received. Even people from China, just to hear his concerts. One English man bought a lot of tickets for his family and friends because his sister who sang in a choir in the UK told him that he must go and hear David Trendell's Choir in Hong Kong.
Reading news from Gramophone Journal today and other places announcing his death, he was described as a great scholar, performer and a broadcaster and his "lifelong desire is to pass on his extraordinary musical ability to younger generations."
When Jonathan Douglas from RTHK interviewed him, Jonathan said that we were so lucky in Hong Kong to have such a great choir coming to perform here.
This greatness was felt then and more so now. He called me recently in August and he said he would like to bring his choir back to Hong Kong again. David was very personable, he preferred to speak to me than writing emails when we were organising the King's College Choir's tour in Hong Kong.
Last Christmas, after the choir left, he wrote to me, "Let me know when you are next in England. A fine dinner at the Athenaeum awaits." Lots of love, David
Mr Trendell, we miss you very much but your music from the CD recording and the memory of your gentleness when working with me will be a solace in my grief.
I played a recording of the interview David had with Jonathan Douglas this morning. So Sad.