Just over 24 hours ago, the LSO announced that conductor Sir Colin Davis has died at the age 85. A page on the LSO was swiftly distributed on Twitter and Facebook, where people were directed to leave their messages of condolence. In the space of an hour.
The Guardian’s Conol Urquhart acknowledges the speed at which the news of Davis’ death was reflected on Twitter:
Minutes after his death, Davis’s name began trending on Twitter. Harriet Harman, the deputy leader of the Labour party wrote: “Colin Davis made a historic contribution to music – in this country & worldwide. Condolences to his family”. Katherine Jenkins, the Welsh soprano, was one of hundreds of fans who expressed their sadness.
Unexpectedly, I was drawn to the radio an hour or so after I discovered of Davis’ death, first expecting that Radio 3 continuity would make reference to it in between the end of Drama on 3 and the beginning of World Routes. When Classic FM tweeted they’d be playing a special selection of Davis-related recordings from midnight, it was then I realised how much I wanted to pay homage. Radio 3 picked up the baton at Breakfast between 6 and 9 the following morning with Petroc Trelawny introducing a selection of notable Davis recordings too. Classic FM changed their scheduling for a ‘Full Works’ concert with an interesting programme of works conducted by Davis.