Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Orchestra's Tributes to Former Conductor

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Orchestra's Tributes to Former Conductor

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TRIBUTES have been paid to Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, the Halle Orchestra's revered former principle conductor who has died aged 93.

The Polish-born American national was affectionately known as Stan during the seven years he spent at the helm of Manchester's Halle from 1984 to 1991.

He had wanted to become a concert pianist like his mother growing up in Lviv - in what is now Ukraine - but that dream was dashed when the Nazis bombed a house near him and a wall fell and injured his hand.

He went on to build a global reputation as a composer and conductor in a stellar classical career.

In Japan particularly, he was treated like a rock star.

Skrowaczewski, who settled in Minnesota, suffered a stroke last year and had to undergo surgery.

Paying tribute John Summers, Halle chief executive, said: "'Stan' to almost everyone in the music world, was an extraordinary figure, gentle yet determined and popular with both orchestras and audiences. …

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