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Alan Taylor MBE

29th January 1931 - 15th May 2002

Funeral Service held at
Charing Crematorium, Kent

Friday 24th May 2002




The Service is led by the Revd. Canon Brian Chalmers
Area Dean of Ashford
 

WILLIAM WALTON : Two pieces from Henry V
performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Alanís last performance was with the Royal Tunbridge Wells
Symphony Orchestra on April 7th 2002, when this music was played.
 

INTRODUCTION
 

HYMN
Tune : Cwm Rhondda

Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah,
Pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but Thou art mighty;
Hold me with Thy powerful hand.
Bread of heaven, bread of heaven,
Feed me now and evermore;
Feed me now and evermore.

Open now the crystal fountain,
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fiery, cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through.
Strong deliverer, strong deliverer,
Be Thou still my strength and shield;
Be Thou still my strength and shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of deaths, and hellís destruction,
Land me safe on Canaanís side.
Songs of praises, songs of praises,
I will ever give to Thee;
I will ever give to Thee.
 

PRAYERS
 

A READING  from the book of Ecclesiastes
and A LETTER TO ALAN

read by Nigel Bates
one of the two Principal Percussionists of the
Royal Opera House Orchestra
 

RICHARD WAGNER : Siegfriedís Funeral March
from Götterdämmerung
performed by the Royal Opera House Orchestra
conducted by Bernard Haitink
 

PRAYERS
 

THE COMMENDATION & THE COMMITTAL
 

ALL IS WELL
by Canon Henry Scott Holland
read by Sir John Tooley
formerly General Administrator of the Royal Opera House
 

THE BLESSING
 

RICHARD STRAUSS : Der Rosenkavalier  -  waltz
performed by the Royal Opera and the Royal Opera House Orchestra
conducted by Sir Georg Solti

IGOR STRAVINSKY : Dance of the Coachmen
from Petrouchka
performed by the London Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Claudio Abbado

Alanís first job was with the LSO, and the last resting place of
his pint mug was at The Coach & Horses in Covent Garden




The young Alan with his father, Henry (ďHarryĒ) Taylor
 

There are many messages of condolence from
those who cannot be with us today.

To Alanís wife Patricia, and his daughters Susan and Jennifer we
extend our deepest sympathy and join you in your sorrow.
You are in all our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
 

ďIíve only ever played to please me.
Iíve never played to please any conductor.
I know what sort of noise I want to make.
I know what sort of stick I want to use  -
if I change them at all. Ē
A.T.  1999




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