All Quiet Now: David Farrell

Lebrecht Music & Arts announces with deep regret the passing away of their photographer David Farrell on January 3rd aged 93. David has been represented by this photo library for fourteen years. He was not only a true gentleman but also he had an extraordinary career. From an early age he had shown an exceptional talent for the violin and was accepted at the Royal Academy of Music, later studying under Max Rostal. He enthralled everyone in the library with his memories of the major young violinists of this time – of sheltering from the Blitz in St John’s Wood Station together with the short-lived violinist Joseph Hasid; and of sitting in on classes with Ginette Neveu and Ida Haendel when they were studying under Carl Flesch . David went into Bomber Command during World War II as a pilot officer. Demobbed in 1946, his growing family responsibilities and financial circumstances led to the difficult decision to give up his ambitions to become a solo violinist. He turned to music recording and then photography and print media for a living. His role model was Cartier Bresson and he soon gained a local reputation for excellence, often portraying people naturalistically in their own environments. Gloucestershire, where he lived with his family in the 1950s was the home for a wide range of intellectuals and artists and, David and his wife...

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