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  • I first met Theo at An Grianan in 1972. Lovely and kind man. Always happy to put himself out for others. Condolences to Kitty and the girls, Margaret, Catherine and Barbara.

  • So many weekends and holiday weeks spent on the courses that Theo expertly organised, with his band of skilled tutors! He had always a genial and smiley welcoming face to players of all standards. Theo will be sorely missed.

  • Have just found out about Theo’s death (via the Benslow Buzz). As others have said, he was a lovely man and I have happy memories of him coming to conduct the Guildford Branch and his presence at An Grianan, when he would drive over to Ireland towing a trailer full of music and other gear for the course. So sad for Kitty, too. RIP Theo.

  • I really enjoyed attending Theos courses at Theobalds, Southlands and Tavistock. He was a great musician and an inspiration to us all. He Knew all his participants by name and was very tolerant to all comers apart from some descant players. There was one magic moment when 4 descant players played in tune on one of his courses. I was one of them .RIP Theo you were loved by many.

  • Very sad to hear of Theo’s death. I have many happy memories of the Grail weekends and Southland’s EMW where he introduced me to so much wonderful music.

  • Theo Wyatt’s influence extends at least as far as France. I’m in La Bourboule, Auvergne at the moment, in anticipation of the ‘Stage Renaissance et Baroque’ which starts next week. Claude Hausoullier attended the course in Ireland, and felt there should be something similar in France. She persuaded ‘Rencontres Musicales des Monts Dore’ to add it to their list of summer courses, and it continues to thrive. The course was tutored by Marion Doherty and Eileen Silcocks, until Eileen’s health forced her to withdraw. Claude, now in her 90s, was an enthusiastic ‘stagiaire’ until her late 80s and acted as the French agent for Oriel publications.
    We will remember with gratitude 2 people who, by their generosity and inspiration, have so much to us all when we meet next Saturday.

  • I have just heard the news of Theo’s death. I owe so much to him about playing the recorder . I auditioned for his evening classes at Morley college when I lived in Orpington, and went to his summer schools and weekends for years. He was the most generous of men, except when you were playing a descant and then he made you shake with fear about your tuning!
    I have just been looking through old photograph albums, at all those wonderful musical holidays and the friends I have made through them, and I feel so blessed that at my advanced age I am still playing early music and still making new friends. There will be hundreds, perhaps thousands, of others now who will be thinking the same.

  • First met at a Grail weekend, Pinner, in the 1980 s. Then followed around on future organised courses for weeks of amazing entertainment, and introduction to numerous lovely like-minded people, and affordable sheet music. RIP Theo.

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of Theo who persuaded us to start the Essex Branch of the SRP. He was always happy to come and run aDay course, Playing Day, one to a part sessions and give us instructions in the art of conducting. He even ran a one to apart Day Course for us on the occasion of, I think, his 60th birthday. Kitty brought a birthday cake and a good time was had by one and all. We will miss you Theo, it always seemed as if you would be there forever which you will be in our hearts
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