It is with great sadness that we report the death on Friday 12th February 2021 of Lucian Nethsingha, a former organist and choir master at St Michael’s. Lucian had been in poor health for a while, and latterly had been in a hospice in Cambridge.
Born in Colombo, Ceylon, in 1936, Lucian was educated at St. Thomas’ College, Colombo.
In 1954, he went to the Royal College of Music and studied with Ralph Downes and Herbert Howells. He then studied music at King’s College, Cambridge, with Boris Ord and David Willcocks. Lucian started at St Michael’s in 1959, succeeding Kenneth Beard, and was organist and choir master until 1973, when he moved to Exeter Cathedral.
Directed by Lucian Nethsingha
“A Recital of Anthems from Tallis to Britten (sleeve notes by John Betjeman)”
A tribute to Lucian was broadcast on 19/02/21 on “Breakfast” on BBC Radio 3 here (1hr. 10min. into the programme) – content available for a month.