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Peter Cropper (1945-2015)
This week we received the very sad news that Peter Cropper, First Violin for the Lindsay Quartet passed away suddenly on Friday 29 May.
The Lindsay Quartet were regarded as one of the finest quartets ever produced in this country and had strong early connections to Keele University.
The quartet formed at the Royal Academy of Music in 1965 and were appointed as Leverhulme Fellows at Keele University in 1967. After coming to Keele they honoured the University and its founder, Lord Lindsay, by adopting the name Lindsay String Quartet. The quartet retired at their peak in 2005 performing a series of farewell concerts throughout the world.
Peter Cropper continued to return to Newcastle-under-Lyme and Keele University performing in concerts at the New Vic and this year took Presidency for Keele Concerts Society. Part of his Presidency statement read:
I owe a huge debt to Keele University for a five year residency. This gave the quartet that later became the Lindsays, the fantastic opportunity to build a repertoire enabling the four of us to earn a living from just playing string quartets. It was during this period that Keele concerts started and little did we know how it would develop in to such a successful and eclectic concert series. I have devoted a lot of my career to trying to widen the appeal of chamber music and so for me, this season's programme is a perfect example of breaking down the "barriers" of so called serious music.
Peter Cropper, Born November 19 1945, Died May 29 2015