TRIBUTES have been paid to the architect of the Bromsgrove International Musicians’ Competition who has died aged 88.
Donald Hunt OBE, who passed away on Saturday, conceived the idea for the prestigious contest with the late Mary White.
Mr Hunt served for some years as Artistic Director of the Bromsgrove Festival and many fondly recall his passion and exuberance as a talented musician and conductor.
His contribution to music at Worcester Cathedral, Three Choirs Festival and as principal of the Elgar School of Music will be long remembered.
The competition chairman Ian Morris said: “Donald Hunt’s foresight led to the foundation of what is now The Bromsgrove International Musicians’ Competition nearly 40 years ago.
“Without his inspiration, Bromsgrove town would not now attract young world class musicians to take part in this premier competition or be known in musical circles around the globe.”
Mr Hunt will be fondly remembered during the 39th Annual Musicians Competition in Routh Concert Hall at Bromsgrove School next April.
A spokesperson for the competition said: “Our thoughts and condolences are with Donald’s family and friends at this time.”
Mr Hunt is survived by his wife Jo and their children Jacqueline, Tom, Nick and Jane.