We have been notified of the death of Jane Parker-Smith, a formidable British organist once called ‘the Martha Argerich of the organ’. Jane died at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. She was just 70, according to a statement posted online on June. 26, 2020. by Slippedisc.com
Described as “the Martha Argerich of the organ” (The Sunday Times), Jane Parker–Smith is internationally recognized by the critics and public alike for her musicianship, virtuosity, entertaining programs, and electrifying performances.
Cause of Death.
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The following are some tributes posted on social media to honor the life and the legacy of the deceased.
I have just been told about the death of Jane Parker Smith. A wonderful lady and an organist of dazzling ability. I had the great privilege of meeting Jane many years back at the Caird Hall, Dundee. Rest In Peace lovely Lady .
Jeremy Filsell wrote
A very sad day. RIP Jane Parker-Smith. Always such great company, and someone who was ‘awarded’ the stickability medal for suffering every one of my Dupré Intègrale recitals back in ’98.
Few survived it, but she did – with bells on with drinks and the ubiquitous ciggies after. RIP dearest Jane. Thank you for showing us how to be dynamic and thrilling at what can be the clunkiest of musical instruments, and for jockeying for position with Kate Bush as this once-teenager’s pin-up in the 1970s …
Tim Travers-Brown wrote : Oh my word, how very sad…I wore out my tape of her french romantics recording at Beauvais Cathedral, so much so that I bought the disc only a couple of months ago. Such sensitive playing. RIP
Marvin Mills wrote : Oh my. So saddened to hear this. A hearty, warm blooded soul.
Her Liszt/Franck LP cover stopped this then-teenager short when coming across it in the new-releases record bin, but from a different perspective then yours Jeremy Filsell! How very DARE she! I bought it (so the marketing still worked) and was absolutely thrilled by it.
Robert McCormick wrote : As I’ve posted elsewhere, I heard her play only once once live, a brilliant recital on an absolutely TERRIBLE organ in a large city abounding with great organs. I won’t name the city, but it was at a convention in a major city in the northeast with nea…
Craig Williams wrote : She was supposed to play at Riverside, but the organ had to be refurbished. They tried to throw a Hail Mary and asked if I could host her at West Point, but for some reason I cannot remember we couldn’t – probably the insane Basic Training schedule in July. Anyway, I heard tales of how everyone coped.
Craig Williams wrote : When it comes to not revealing the church, I understand you wanting to take the Fifth.
Stephen Hamill wrote : That recording of Franck’s Prière is without equal. Just heavenly and so controlled.
She came over to NI a few times, at least once to the Ulster Hall Hill, and a rather unfortunate opening recital at a provincial cathedral where the wind leaks hadn’…
Haig Mardirosian wrote : My recollections if her are vivid. She did her American debut at Reformation Lutheran Church in DC while I was organist there. We saw each other in Germany over subsequent years. It’s a good thing that I smoked and drank still in those years. I might have never survived her without that. There are some outrageous tales that I promise never to tell! May she rest in peace.
Stephen Tilton wrote : Oh gracious; so sad. I remember her coming into the Tower during my time there. She was such fun and a stupendous player.
Carl Schwartz wrote : My brain is still resonating from her performance of the Middeschulte Passacagila I think it was….a work of nuclear scale, starting like Reger and then it keeps growing. I never got to say more than a hello in passing at various times and in various places.
Mark Shepherd wrote : Just performed the Jongen Sonata Eroica and most of what I try to do is inspired by her staggering and swaggering recording at Blackburn
Martin Anderson wrote : Jane was a dear friend from the late 1970s onwards, a friendship forged at the RFH bar after the Wednesday evening organ recitals. She was a good woman and I shall miss her.
Javed Miandad wrote : She played on one of only two or three records we made at the Drome when I was a chorister in the late sixties. That puts her in a small group along with Nicholas Kynaston and Richard Linley. I don’t think her looks influenced Colin Mawby’s decision to engage her.
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