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Graham Long – A Tribute by Angela Harrison

Posted on 31 January 2022

I was so sorry to hear of the death of Graham Long, a Trustee of NYMTC for seventeen years.

Graham was an accomplished cellist and understood well the impact that live music can have on us all. He was a keen advocate for children and young people’s involvement in orchestral life and also vitally concerned that people with significant disabilities should not miss out on opportunities to make music together. When he joined the charity in 2000, Graham was Manager of the York Electronics Centre at the Department of Electronics, University of York and a pioneer in producing accessible musical instruments. The MIDICreator was a favourite with our therapists as it enables people to create music through gesture and movement (see photo below).

In 2001, Graham was instrumental in the appointment of acclaimed soprano, Lynne Dawson as NYMTC President and he arranged several successful fundraising events at the Tithe Barn in Nether Poppleton where the “Field Quartet” performed. Graham brought a keen eye for detail to Trustee meetings, acting first as Secretary, then as Treasurer before he reluctantly stepped down in 2017 due to ill health. The NYMTC was most appreciative of Graham’s rich and sustained contribution and I really valued his encouragement and unwavering support during my time as Lead Therapist.

Having played chamber music with Graham on many occasions, it was a privilege to play in a quartet at his funeral, along with NYMTC President, Fred Strickland-Constable and York musicians with connections to Graham. He will be remembered with fondness and thoughts are with his family.

Angela Harrison, former NYMTC Music Therapist