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Neville Marriner (1924 - 2016)

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Neville Marriner (1924 - 2016)

Neville Marriner, a renowned conductor who founded the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, died Oct. 2, 2016, according to multiple news sources. He was 92.

He died in his sleep Sunday, according to a statement from the academy.

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields became one of the most popular and widely recorded chamber orchestras in the world. The ensemble began as a group of friends playing in Marriner’s living room. The group’s first concert took place in London’s Trafalgar Square in 1958.

Academy Chairman Paul Aylieff, said: “We are greatly saddened by today’s news. Sir Neville’s artistic and recording legacy, not only with the academy but with orchestras and audiences worldwide, is immense. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and worked with him, and the academy will ensure it continues to be an excellent and fitting testament to Sir Neville.”

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The group did the soundtrack for the Oscar-winning movie “Amadeus” in 1984. The album is one of the most successful classical music recordings of all time. It topped the U.S. album chart and has sold over 6.5 million copies.

Marriner was a violinist who played with the London Symphony Orchestra in London when he formed St. Martins. He later became the music director and principal conductor of both the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Südwest Deutsche Radio Orchestra in Stuttgart, Germany.

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