GAM is very sad to announce the death of

Professor of Music Alan Lumsden,

the husband of our founder Caroline.

He played an inspirational role in helping Caroline to create an outstanding musical academy, which began life 40 years ago and many of whose students have gone on to forge their own musical careers.

Tribute from President of GAM, Professor Derek Aviss OBE:

Alan was a highly accomplished musician and performer whose standing in the profession, in his own right, commanded both respect and admiration.

His partnership with Caroline in the founding of GAM and its predecessors is of great significance to all who have benefited and have love for its four decades of exceptional music education. Alan was a very special man, he will be greatly missed and long remembered for his outstanding contribution and achievements.

Tribute from GAM’s Artistic Director Glyn Oxley:

Alan and Caroline were the driving force behind the astonishing music education story that started at their home Beauchamp House; grew into Beauchamp Music Group and Gloucester Academy of Music and Performing Arts and a highly successful full summer of residential music camps.

Alan inspired and encouraged generations of young musicians with good humour, fiery intellect and incredible energy. GAM alumni working throughout the music profession at the very highest levels owe a debt of thanks for his musical wisdom. He also leaves a lasting legacy in an extraordinary number of early music masterpieces brought to light by him and carefully edited.

A musical life well lived. He will be greatly missed by all of us who had the privilege of working with him.

Tribute from Viv Hargreaves, GAM’s chair:

I was incredibly privileged to have met Alan and Caroline at the very start of their musical enterprise at Beauchamp House, Churcham, 40 years ago.

Alan’s vast musical knowledge, his influence and support were crucial to the success of Beauchamp Music Group and what followed. He helped lay the foundations for today’s outstanding Gloucestershire Academy of Music, which combines high quality teaching with a wonderful family atmosphere.

The energy and enthusiasm generated by Alan and Caroline has spawned new generations of musicians, some of whom now teach at GAM, while others, including daughter Emma, have professional performing careers. More recently, despite suffering from the onset of dementia, Alan was a welcome presence at some of our Cheltenham GAM sessions when Caroline brought him along to listen to the groups at Dean Close. His memory will live on through music.

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Gloucestershire Academy of Music,

Barbican House, Barbican Road, Gloucester GL1 2JF

01452 668592 

President Professor Derek Aviss OBE FLCM, LTCL, hon. FTCL, FRSA · Artistic Director Glyn Oxley Bmus (Hons) Edin
Executive Director Kirsty Winnan BA (Hons) PGCE NPQH FRSA · Founder Caroline Lumsden ARCM AGSM Cert Ed
Gloucestershire Academy of Music is the trading name of Gloucestershire Academy of Music Limited.
Registered in England No. 2796427 ·Registered Charity No. 1085708

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