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