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John Stewart Wright MACMURRAY
Père : Wallace MacMURRAY
Mère : Norma
Décès le : 2006-08-20
Parution : 2006-08-24
Conjoint(e) : Susannah
Paru dans : Telegraph Journal, St. John, NB

MacMURRAY, JOHN STEWART WRIGHT - John Stewart Wright MacMurray, of Wilmslow, Cheshire, England, son of Wallace and Norma MacMurray of Saint John, died in Manchester, England on August 20th at the age of 47. Born and raised in Saint John where he received his early education, he developed his deep interest in music through the Air Cadet Band, the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. He received his Undergraduate Degree from McGill University, Montreal, and his Masters Degree in Performance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbour. He was a recipient of scholarships from the O'Brien Foundation and the Canada Council. His training continued through the summer months at Banff and in the United States at Aspen, Charleston, Tanglewood, as well as Italy. He studied at the Manhattan School of Music in New York for a year under the former Principal Trumpet of both the Boston Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. He continued on to Goldsmith College for Orchestral Studies in London for another year. He joined England's oldest symphony orchestra, the Hallé, based in Manchester, in 1983 and was appointed Principal Trumpet in 1985, a position he held for 21 years. He played for the London Symphony, the London Philharmonic, and other orchestra in the United Kingdom. The Hallé toured extensively and performed in the great concert halls throughout Europe, in the Americas from Argentina to Carnegie Hall in New York, and in the Far East in Japan and Hong Kong. John believed the trumpet is the voice of the orchestra and music transcends all borders and cultures. He taught at Chetham's School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He is survived by his wife Susannah, two sons Andrew and Matthew, one sister Sandra of Halifax, and brother Stephen and his wife Sheila of Ottawa. Funeral service to take place in England. Donations would be appreciated in his memory to The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra Foundation, P.O. Box 6249, Saint John, N.B., E2L 4R7, or a charity of choice. A memorial service will be held in Thursday, August 31st at 7:00 p.m. at the Church of St. Andrew and St. David, 164 Germain Street. [The Telegraph-Journal]


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