Gervase de Peyer (1926 - 2017)
This article was posted on 4 Feb 2017.
The English clarinettist Gervase de Peyer has died at the age of 90. De Peyer was was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music where he studied clarinet with Frederick Thurston and piano with Arthur Alexander. Towards the end of World War II, when he was aged 18, he joined the Royal Marines Band Service. De Peyer returned to the Royal College of Music after the war and subsequently studied in Paris with Louis Cahuzac.
In 1950 he was a founding member of the Melos Ensemble, whose recordings of chamber music were reissued in 2011. From 1956 to 1973 he was principal clarinet of the London Symphony Orchestra. He was also a founding member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York in 1969 and played with them for 20 years. De Peyer gave first performances of concertos by Arnold Cooke, Sebastian Forbes, Alun Hoddinott, Joseph Horovitz, Thea Musgrave, Elizabeth Maconchy, William Mathias and Edwin Roxburgh.
A full tribute will appear in the Spring issue of Clarinet & Saxophone.