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of the memorial website for
Alan Taylor MBE
1931 -  2002

Alan was Principal Timpanist at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden
for over forty years, and performed there for over fifty years.

Sadly, aged just 71, he passed away on Wednesday 15th May 2002 after a short illness.
He will be much missed by family, friends and colleagues.

"What would we give to hear your voice and see your face again"

On Saturday January 25th 2003, at noon in the Vilar Floral Hall
at the Royal Opera House, The Alan Taylor Celebration Concert
took place in memory of our dear departed timpanist.

Click here for more about the concert.

On Tuesday November 12th 2002, the performance of Wagner's
Die Meistersinger at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden was dedicated to Alan's memory, with the following
dedication in the cast programme:


Just over a year ago, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House celebrated fifty years of performance at Covent Garden by veteran timpanist Alan Taylor.  One of Alan's first major operatic projects after joining the Orchestra in 1951 was Die Meistersinger, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham.

Sadly, in May of this year Alan's health failed him and we lost a dear friend, much respected colleague and a very special musician.  This evening's performance of Die Meistersinger is dedicated to his lasting memory.

Click here to read the Funeral Order of Service & readings on-line
 Click here for The Times obituary (on-line version)
and  here for the scanned newspaper copy (a large file).

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For high quality printouts:

 Click here for the Acrobat PDF version of the Funeral Order of Service (600k)

 Click here for the Acrobat PDF version of the readings (50k)

 Click here to download the Adobe Acrobat reader

Click here to go to Norman Taylor's website

 Click here to email website organiser Nigel Bates