James Watson RIP

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by John_D, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. John_D

    John_D Member

    Sadly taken from us early today. A great trumpeter and a great conductor. RIP
  2. Alyn James

    Alyn James Member

    The James Watson? What's the story?
  3. John_D

    John_D Member

    very few details at present. Black Dyke (Alex) posted it on facebook around half an hour ago
  4. Bass Trumpet

    Bass Trumpet Active Member

    I've just head that through FB too. Sad news.
  5. themusicalrentboy

    themusicalrentboy Active Member

    there's a phenomenal section being put together up there. What a shock... RIP another great legend of the Orchestral and banding world.
  6. John_D

    John_D Member

  7. hunting_high

    hunting_high Member

    Rest in peace.

  8. brassbandmaestro

    brassbandmaestro Active Member

    I was shocked and saddened wha I saw the announcement about James Watson. A fine musician, MD and all round person. RIP JAMES WATSON.
  9. hellraiser

    hellraiser Member

    That's sad to hear. I really enjoyed him taking the National Youth Brass Band of Wales courses in the late 1990s. Sometimes he would play the trumpet to show a few things- what a player! RIP.
  10. A great man who still had much to offer. He was a gentleman in every sense of the word and would always have time for you as an individual. I had met him briefly once at a music function and thought that was it. Imagine my surprise when I bumped into him in a park in Watford one day and found I was living close by. I was invited to his house where I was made really welcome. A sad loss and not very old, - thanks for the memories maestro!
  11. bumper-euph

    bumper-euph Member

    Such a sad loss...R.I.P.
  12. stopher

    stopher Member

    That's awful news. I have some memories of the NYBBW under Mr Watson - one rehearsal where picked up a cornet stone cold and showed us what he wanted, his comments on le roi Dys where the 2nd and 3rd cornets created some magic during the Euph solo ( "it sounds amazing, you could never play it if it was written but play it like that at the Open and you would come last")
  13. Texus

    Texus Member

    One word. Revelations.
  14. trumpetmike

    trumpetmike Active Member

    A sad loss to the brass world

    Was he really just 59?
  15. Bass Man

    Bass Man Active Member

    Very sad news indeed, a great loss to banding and music
  16. iancwilx

    iancwilx Active Member

    Absolutely tragic.
    I remember him as being a little lad in the NYBBGB in the 60s when I was a fair bit older than him.
    We also both competed at a lot of Slow Melody Contests.
    As said earlier, the Heavenly "Front Row" has had a real boost recently.
    Their gain is our loss.

    - Mr Wilx
  17. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    A great loss of a real gentleman.

    We were privileged to have James as soloist for one of our pre-contest festivals with Cambridge Heath, and the rehearsal when we ran through "Tucker" was incredible. Unfortunately on the night itself the cornet items did not work so well, but the trumpet items were still phenomenal.

    I will also never forget his final concert with Dyke at the Royal Academy of Music - really emotional evening with a stunning "Dove descending" and an excellent "Horovitz Concerto" with Bob Childs.

    I'll also remember him as a devoted teacher, encouraging his various student groups and always ready to chat with the punters.
  18. Brassbones

    Brassbones Member

    Shell shocked!!!!! 59!!! RIP Jim :'o(
  19. Toby

    Toby Member

    Ain't that the truth. Great musician, allied with charisma and the 'gift of the gab' = inspirational man and musician
  20. Playabit

    Playabit Member

    RIP James...Abide with me will be played at Parr Band tomorrow for this much loved and respected Gentleman..

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