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A lovely man and musician - Noel Davies

"Noel Davies, who has died aged 63, was resident conductor at English National Opera (ENO) for almost 30 years and spent most of his career with the company."

His empathy with singers, his unerring ear and his musicianship allowed him to range over a wide repertoire, from Monteverdi to Britten, and from Mozart to Puccini. He had a gift for friendship and provided quiet, helpful coaching -

Within the company Davies was a friend to everyone – coaching both singers and musicians. He had the knack of encouraging both without ever appearing patronising or over-critical.

He was "generous, warm-hearted and unassuming". He was also a passionate football supporter.

I haven't located a video or recording with Davies conducting. Hopefully, he was not too unassuming.

Ave atque Vale.

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