David Ades was a good and kind man whose seemingly limitless knowledge of Light Music, in all of its multifarious forms, earned him the friendship and respect of musicians and music-lovers the world over.
I first encountered David when I was in my early twenties and he was an invaluable support to me at the start of my career. He helped me organise a number of concerts, most notably Robert Farnon's 80th Birthday Concert at St. John's, Smith Square, which he presented from the stage.
The revival of interest in Light Orchestral Music over the past two decades owes much to David's tireless work as editor of the Robert Farnon Society's Journal and to his work as a producer of over 100 CDs, ensuring that a significant body of English Music is preserved for generations to come.
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