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Iona Brown performs The Lark Ascending

Violinist Iona Brown died on 5 June 2004. Here's one of her best-known Vaughan Williams recordings, made in 1972 with Neville Marriner conducting the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. This recording was enthusiastically received on its initial release, capturing the imagination of the record-buying public.

In 1974 Brown became musical director of the Academy, but left in 1980 to take up the same role with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. She was appointed music adviser to the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 1986 and the following year became its musical director, a post she held until 1992. She was made an MBE in 1986.

Photo: Suzie E. Maeder

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Roger Stimson

Thank you for this. Iona was/is a wonderful soul. I had some lessons from her at the RAM. A beautiful tone and such energy. But she wouldn't let me play the Sibelius - I think she loved it too much. However, later I played chamber music with her when I was in the BSO. She was such a lovely musician and person. She is much missed.

20:55 - Friday, 11 July 2014

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