With great sadness we advise members, recorder communitycolleagues and all our supporters that our president, Colin Smith, died suddenly but peacefully at his home on 1 October. His contribution to the Guild, the Cranbourne recorder groups that he taught and led, the Melbourne Recorder Orchestra, the wider recorder community and many other organisations (especially welfare organisations and his church) was enormous. He will be sorely missed.
Vale Colin Smith, musician, music lover and passionate
recorder man. Loved your brave, cheerful improvisations and the happy and
joyful way you mixed your recorder playing with other groups, including brass.
Thanks for being so supportive of my jazz/impro ventures on recorder. Thank you
for your encouragement in my research on Ade Monsbourgh and for filming my
Recorder in Ragtime performance tribute to Monsbourgh at the Eltham Jazz
Festival (2009). Rest in Peace.
I was saddened to hear of Colin's sudden death. He was such an integral part of the recorder guild, and will certainly be missed.
What a lovely man he was, a talented musician and generously deaf to rank amateurs' blunders during Carols gigs.
Colin took great delight in using recorders out of their more traditional contexts and in popular music. He was an exceptionally kind person, and was an enthusiastic and generous supporter of my musical endeavours and of my jazz band, Sweet Ade. He was an intuitive and joyful recorder player with a natural gift for improvisation. I will miss his impish enthusiasm.
Tributes to Colin may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or from the contact page.