Robert Matthew-Walker writes... Malcolm Smith, for many years head of Promotion and the Hire Library of Boosey & Hawkes Ltd, died in hospital on February 17 from cancer after a short illness. He was 78 and was a stalwart of many musical organisations and Festivals. He was a personal friend of many composers, including Stravinsky, Vaughan Williams, Britten and Bernstein, and of many performing musicians. A tireless advocate of British music, he was a life member of the Royal Philharmonic Society, patron of the Bantock Society and vice-President of the British Music Society. He attended every Three Choirs Festival from 1954 and was a familiar and popular figure in London’s musical life; his "May I help you?" on answering the telephone endeared him to many.

 

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