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NEIL F. CRORY March 29, 1950 - January 10, 2019 In February 1977, Neil was a quiet, resolute young man from rural Alberta attending university in Edmonton where one of his professors, the distinguished Canadian composer, Violet Archer, wrote, 'Neil Crory promises to be a first rate professional musician.' And that's exactly what Neil became for this entire country through his stellar career as a Senior Music Producer in CBC Radio Music during those days when the Corporation recorded and broadcast Canada's classical musicians and singers. Among Neil's most treasured accomplishments are a score of CDs that garnered eight JUNO awards, an American Grammy nomination, and an East Coast Music Award. Then there were the 1997 CBC Schubertiade, and the famous New Year's Eve Gala at Roy Thomson Hall welcoming the 21st century with twelve of Canada's greatest opera singers. Other highlights include several Glenn Gould celebrations honouring, among others, Yo-Yo Ma, Oscar Peterson, André Previn and Pierre Boulez; gala concerts from Rideau Hall; national broadcasts of Tafelmusik, Toronto Symphony, Canadian Opera Company, and Opera Atelier. His proudest achievement was the inspiring Maureen Forrester Memorial Tribute (2010) at Stratford Summer Music. In addition, Neil made innumerable contributions to the pages of Opera Canada and other publications. In the tender company of his loving partner, Bruce Galbraith, and his cherished sister, Maxine Delaney, Neil left this sphere listening to the songs he loved most, Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs. At a future date, yet to be identified, Neil's friends, colleagues and admirers are invited to a musical gathering fittingly to recognise his life and his accomplishments. As he wished, an endowment fund has been created for the Stratford Summer Music Vocal Academy to support two of Neil's passions, the training and the presentation of young Canadian classical singers and the popularization of the Lieder of Richard Strauss. Donations in his honour would be appreciated to Neil Crory Fund, administered by the Ontario Arts Foundation for the music festival. Contributions accepted at www.oafdn.ca/make-a-donation. Other enquiries: Stratford Summer Music (1-866-288-4313, ext. 1). To share memories and make memorial donations, please visit his memorial webpage at www.ecofuneral.ca. Convey me to some peaceful shore where no tumultuous billows roar where life, though joyless, still is calm and sweet content is sorrow's balm. There, free from pomp and care to wait, forgetting and forgot, the will of fate. Handel's oratorio, Alexander Balus
Published in The Globe and Mail from Jan. 12 to Jan. 16, 2019
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