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IN MEMORIAM | Toronto Conductor And Composer Errol Gay Has Died

By Michael Vincent on December 17, 2019

Composer and musician Errol Gay has died
Composer and musician Errol Gay has died

After a five-year battle with ALS, conductor, composer and musician Errol Gay has died, Friday, December 13, 2019.

Gay was an important figure in Canada’s tight-knit classical music community, and was particularly known for his children’s operas with the Canadian Children’s Opera Company (CCOC), including A Dickens of a Christmas, Alice in Wonderland, and Laura’s Cow.

Between 1970-76, Gay served as conductor and chorus master with the Canadian Opera Company. He was also a popular guest conductor throughout Canada, including the Charlottetown Festival, and the Hart House Orchestra at the University of Toronto.

In 2002, Gay began his tenure as conductor of Orchestra Toronto until conductor Danielle Lisboa replaced him in 2007-8. He also served as librarian of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for 24 years.

Errol Gay was married to Ann Cooper Gay (opera singer, conductor, musician and formerly the Artistic Director of the Canadian Children’s Opera Company, 2000-2015), and leaves behind two daughters.

John Terauds reacts to Errol Gay's death

 

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Dina Schikhman reacts to Errol Gay's death

 

 

[Update: Dec .20, 2019. A previous version incorrectly stated Errol Gay died Saturday, December 14.]

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Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig Van and CEO of Museland Media. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. A specialist in digital media for over 15 years, he has worked as a senior editor and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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