Ward Swingle (1927-2015)

Ward Swingle with Jeremy in 2003.

I first met Ward and his family when they came to live in the UK. My mum was the church organist in our village and she straight away insisted all three daughters sang in the church choir.

That began a long and happy family friendship.

Ward was always incredibly supportive of me as I edged my way into conducting and then was an immense help when the Vasari Singers began to flourish. I owe him a huge amount, not just through the encouragement and support he gave me but also through the endless and undying joy of his arrangements and recorded legacy – that legacy and the unrivalled group of singers that bears his name will live forever.

You will be sorely missed Ward.

© Jeremy Backhouse