It was with a deep feeling of sadness that I heard of the news of Carlo’s passing. I had known Carlo for some thirty years and we have kept in touch over this period of time. I first met him in the chapel of the Royal Hospital School when Michael Woodward brought him over to try the wonderful organ, an instrument he loved playing on his many visits to give recitals. He regarded it very highly and described the organ as one of the finest examples of English organ building in the country.This first meeting ignited a long lasting friendship and association.
I was immediately struck by his warm and generous personality as well as his sheer musical brilliance. He had a wonderful sense of humour as I can testify during many long and hilarious conversations we had over the telephone. Carlo certainly enjoyed communicating with people in the most engaging manner. He transfered this gift to the concert hall where he was able to hold thousands of his appreciative listeners in the palm of his hand.
I had the pleasure of listening to many great recitals both here and elsewhere and also experienced the privilege of performing duets with him on numerous occasions.The world has lost one of the truly great organists, entertainers and communicators of all time. Carlo will be greatly missed by all of us.
Peter Crompton – Director of Music
The Royal Hospital School is a coeducational Independent boarding and day school for 11 to 18 year olds set in 200 acres of Suffolk Countryside. http://www.royalhospitalschool.org/