Harriet Gedge

Julian and James Joseph write:

Publisher, chorister and music enthusiast Harriet Gedge lost her battle with breast cancer on November 30th 2010. Daughter of David and Hazel Gedge she and brother Nick grew up surrounded by music and her father’s work training youngsters in choral music, offering stability, comradery and consistency to those who really needed it. She had a deep intelligence and knowledge that drove her to support music in all it’s styles from the vocal work of American composer Eric Whitacre to Japanese piano sensation Hiromi and everything in between. Harriet believed in and knew first hand the good music could do in society and lived her life in the spirit of that generosity.

She worked for publishing company Music Sales which for many years kept her commuting between Britain, Europe and the Far East. Our friendship blossomed as I (Julian) became involved in opera, frequented Brecon and did more in education. I called her “Harri” and she had the most magnificent way of enthusing about a concert and speaking about the music she’d heard. She was immensely supportive to me at important times in spite of her mammoth struggle with breast cancer. She fought all the way with dignity, style and courage and kept her kind and generous personality intact which is how I will remember her. We were blessed to have called her our friend and offer condolences to her loving family. Our family, the Jazz community and music will miss her deeply. God Bless You Harri.

Julian and James Joseph

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