Sebastian Bell Dies Aged 65Sebastian Bell, Principal Flute of the London Sinfonietta since it was formed in 1968 has died aged 65, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer.
Composer and conductor, Oliver Knussen, added: “Bas was the intelligent, committed musician personified. He played marvellously, of course, and as well as being a superb ensemble player had an authoritative and distinctive stage presence as a soloist. He tackled technical challenges thoroughly and with apparent relish. In rehearsal and performance he was amazingly alert, a joy for the conductor because you never had to get his attention. He was always there, always aware of what was going on and, most importantly in uncharted territory, aware of what could occur. It is difficult indeed to imagine his absence, and I will miss him very much.”
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