In Memory of Edward Lawton, one of our Founders

The Trustees were very sorry to hear of the recent death of Edward Lawton, one of the Society’s founders who helped to establish the society back in 1968. Our 50+ year history has been substantially due to his, and his colleagues, vision so many years ago.

Edward played the oboe but his love of music extended into many aspects and he was a great supporter of young musicians too. He was a member of the original Kendal Chamber Orchestra and a Society member for 53 years, attending the Society’s 50th Anniversary concert in November 2019.

As his grand-daughter said in recent correspondence with the Trustees:

“My Grandad was always very pleased to attend Kendal concerts and to remain a part of the Lakeland Sinfonia orchestra. He never stopped playing music, even when he had hardly any puff left to blow his oboe. He has instilled a love of music into his grandchildren and great grandchildren. His eldest great grandson is a guitarist and music producer, and one of the younger great grand-daughters received a violin from Grandad just before he was taken ill, so she can learn at school.”

“All the family remember Edward’s life in music, because it was a constant throughout every era. I personally remember my Grandad teaching oboe and clarinet in the living room at Brackenside on a Saturday morning – we had to be quiet as church mice and keep the noise down while this was going on! Two of Edward’s Great Grandchildren have proven to be very musical too, so his influence has carried right through to them both. Watching Lizzie play her cello or Daniel his guitar, while Edward listened and offered advice was beautiful to see and we think it is very fitting that one of the final things he did in his life was to gift his Great Granddaughter Alice her first violin, on her 8th birthday which was two days before he passed away.”

Peter Lever, Chairman of the Trustees said: “I’ve known Edward for many years and he was a loyal supporter of Lakeland Sinfonia, always keen to contribute to the wellbeing of the Society. His family and friends are in our thoughts at this difficult time and we share their wonderful memories of Edward and his music.”