Mostyn Burman c1935-
Tributes for musician who played for royals Chronicle and Echo 20 September 2004
Musician Mostyn Burman who has died
aged 80. During his long career he played at the wedding of the Earl and
Countess Spencer and performed for Princess Diana and Prince Charles.
A MUSICIAN who became resident pianist at Althorp where he played for Princess Diana, Prince Charles and the Spencer family has died aged 80.
Mostyn Burman, of Mears Ashby, became a church organist at the age of 10 and played at Park Avenue Methodist Church for the last 20 years.
His musical career saw him perform in Baghdad while serving in the army during World War Two and his duties at Althorp included playing at the wedding of Earl and Countess Spencer in December 2001.
His wife Susan, aged 64, musical director at Park Avenue Methodist
Church, said: "He was such a kind and
gentle man, he played a whole spectrum of music so it's impossible to categorise
him as simply an organist or pianist. He was a remarkable and rare musician who
read and reflected the mood of the service through his playing."
When ill health prevented Mr Burman from attending the wedding of one of his daughters shortly before his death, he took part in the service via radio link.
The father-of-two was born in
Kingsthorpe and was a former Wellingborough Grammar School pupil. After
completing military service, he worked in Northampton as a car salesman for
several years. He took time off work in 1962 after a serious road accident
and decided to train as a teacher.
A poignant tribute to Mr Burman's musical talents was made at his own funeral, held earlier this month at Park Avenue Methodist Church, when a tape of his piano performances was played.
"He was a remarkable and rare musician" Susan Burman
Mostyn was responsible for acquiring the cinema organ from the Lyric Cinema and in 1976 recorded "Cinema Organ Encores number 90" on the Deroy Label http://www.dolgellau.net/ORGAN1stMags/ORGAN1st%2026.pdf