In loving memory of my dearest Dad, Kenneth Essex, who we are remembering so fondly aged 101. Dad was principal viola of the London Symphony Orchestra in the 1960s; This year, just 12 weeks before he passed away, he completed a 10km walk on his 101st birthday in aid of Hospice AID UK. So many musicians have told me what an amazingly wonderful person he was – generous, kind, funny and welcoming. He had an amazing memory, he told amazing stories. They loved listening to him and so many have said how much they're going to miss his phone calls.He had no airs or graces at all. He was still the son of a baker from Hinckley in Leicestershire. He was just an ordinary person. Although he was enormously talented you wouldn’t know it from speaking to him because he didn't really appreciate what high regard he was held in by the rest of the music profession.We will all miss Dad so much but his memories are so special and his legacy is timeless.
Please donate to Hospice AID UK in his memory. Thank you
Dad's face was wonderful when fellow viola players played Happy Birthday to him on his 101st birthday