Don Monro

It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Don Monro, founder of The Really Big Chorus and Concerts from Scratch. He died at home in Beckington on Sunday evening, 25 May, almost exactly a year after he first learned of his cancer diagnosis, and we know you will be saddened that he has succumbed so soon to this most unpredictable and challenging of diseases.

Don was a larger-than-life character—a man of enormous energy, of action, innovation and courage—and he will be greatly missed by us all. His battle with metastatic melanoma was one which he bravely shared; diagnosed in the spring of 2013,  one of his immediate responses was to commission a setting from Jonathan Willcocks of a poem by Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken. The text held special significance for Don, and the subsequent recording of the piece enabled money to be raised for his chosen charities.

The concert by The Really Big Chorus on 13 July at the Royal Albert Hall will be dedicated to Don’s memory. The programme includes not only Fauré’s Requiem, but also a joyful piece commissioned by Don from Jonathan Willcocks for the 40th anniversary of TRBC: In Praise of Singing.  We hope that you will be able to join us to celebrate all that Don did for choral music, whilst also mourning the loss of such a musical champion.

A full obituary can be downloaded here (opens in a new window).

A memorial service in celebration of Don’s life was held on Friday 20 June 2014 at St George’s Church, Beckington, with music chosen by Don and Ann and performed by Brian Kay, Jane Watts, Mary Bevan and the inevitable ‘Scratch’ choir.  You can download the service leaflet here (opens in a new window). 

If you would like to make a donation in memory of Don, his family have chosen two charities which they would like to encourage you to support:

Dorothy House Hospice Care  www.justgiving.com/DonMonro
Melanoma UK  www.melanomauk.org.uk/events/memory-don-monro/

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