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Friday, July 2, 2021


(Graham Scott)

Well-known conductor Graham Scott recently passed away, having suffered a cardiac arrest while undergoing surgery for a broken femur.

Bongani Tembe, CE and AD of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra pays tribute:

 “I was saddened to hear about the sudden passing away of Conductor Graham Scott. Graham Scott was a prominent and versatile conductor which both the Johannesburg and KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestras had the pleasure of working with on a variety of productions. He will be fondly remembered for his passion for music and theatre.

On behalf of the Johannesburg and KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic, I would like to offer our condolences to his family, friends and the musical community at large.”


Juan Burgers, musician and composer has fond memories of the conductor: “We met at UCT College of Music when I arrived in my third year from Pretoria. I fondly remember him as a genius. His insight was way beyond his years. As a protégé of David Tidboald, he conducted the opening season of the Baxter in many of its opening productions - La Boheme, and Candide in particular. He went from success to success. What a full career filled with his panache and huge sense of being and humour. The heavens must be overjoyed by his accomplishments and particularly his sense of talent when he encountered it. I salute you Graham Scott!! You were one in a million dear brother!! RIP.”


Charles Grey who formerly worked for the Natal Performing Arts (NAPAC) also pays tribute: “I woke up this morning to the very sad news that Maestro Graham Scott passed away. Graham was a resident conductor at NAPAC when I worked there during the 80's and 90's.  I fondly remember his great sense of humour.

Graham conducted many musicals, operas, operettas, symphony concerts, ballets etc while working for NAPAC. He conducted the famous NAPAC Trilogy of musicals directed by Geoffrey Sutherland, Sweet Charity, Sweeny Todd and CandideMy sincerest condolences to his family and friends. Rest In Peace, dear Graham.”