Elgar Society News

Donald Hunt OBE dies aged 88

Dr Donald Hunt OBE died at the age of 88 at his home in Worcester on 4 August 2018.

Born in Gloucester, Dr Hunt became a widely regarded organist, conductor, speaker and writer on music. Having served as a chorister in Gloucester Cathedral, he went on to become assistant to Herbert Sumsion, moving on to a position as organist and choirmaster at Leeds Parish Church whilst holding a number of posts within the city.

For twenty years from 1976 Dr Hunt was master of choristers and organist at Worcester Cathedral and became artistic director and conductor of the Three Choirs Festival during this period.

On retirement form the Cathedral, he began his long association with the Elgar School of Music whilst continuing to appear as conductor and performer and founded The Elgar Chorale, which quickly became an important feature of musical life in and around Worcestershire.

Chiefly associated with the music of Samuel Sebastian Wesley, Stanford, Howells and Elgar, Dr Hunt will be greatly missed as a long standing supporter of the Society and its work.