Very sad to hear of the passing of John Myatt, my beloved bassoon teacher of 40+ years ago and so much more – clarinettist, fixer, conductor, source of inspiration and outrageous jokes, printing master, guru, family friend, clown, surrogate crazy uncle…
Aged 80, John had not been well for some time. He had been living in retirement in Suffolk, with his devoted wife Janet and their equally devoted dogs. I feel very fortunate that we were able to drop in and see him in March this year and catch up after so many years. He was still on great form!
Happy memories of those days in Hitchin, and later in Cambridge, when he taught me almost all I knew about how to play the bassoon (and then generously passed me on to be finished off by Roger Birnstingl, who was another huge inspiration – I managed to catch up with him too at the recent William Waterhouse celebration at the Wigmore).
On Saturday mornings I would get on my bike (more…)