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The Farnon Touch
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The Robert Farnon Society
Memorial Service

A Report from Jo Marney

On Sunday, the 24th of July, 2005 a memorial service was held in St Paul's Church, Covent Garden to celebrate the life and music of the late, great Robert Farnon.

Among those who attended were Coda Club members Tony Harrison, Stan Reynolds, John Keating, Lucy Reeve, Stephen Nee, Jo Marney, Sheila Tracy, Jack Parnell, Peter Hughes, Duncan Lamont and Roy Willox. A great many other musicians and friends were also present at the ceremony.

The afternoon began with the playing of some of Farnon's well-known compositions. The service commenced with Robert's composition Journey into Melody, followed by a welcoming address by the Rev. Dr. Julian Davies.

Among the guest speakers were Malcolm Laycock, whose choice of music was Sarah Vaughan singing How Beautiful Is Night. Iain Sutherland selected Finale, from Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra as his tribute. This was followed by Tony Bennett singing Country Girl, chosen by Robert Farnon's manager, Derek Boulton. 

After a blessing by the Rev. Davies the congregation retired to the music of To A Young Lady. The music and recordings were provided by the Robert Farnon Society.