We are hearing that the inspirational, Alton (Hampshire)-based composer/educator Martin Read died of a heart attack a few days ago at the age of just 50. His influence is massive: his website lists just a few of the highly talented musicians who benefited from his teaching and guidance. A tribute will follow on these pages in the next few days. Deepest sympathies to family, friends and former pupils and colleagues. A major loss at a cruelly early age. RIP.