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With an illustrious career and extensive discography behind him, Sir Neville Marriner was still performing with the orchestra he founded - the Academy of St Martin in the Fields - when he died at the age of 92.
In 1959, having been asked to put on a series of concerts for the London church of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Marriner formed his small ensemble. ‘I think we got together as the Academy to give ourselves…responsibility and to play well,' he said. 'One thing we were looking for from the start was players who really fitted together, who sounded in tune.’
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