Tribute to Dick Passmore

Tribute to “a giant of a man”

We are sad to report that Dick Passmore, the founder or Classics Galore!, died on Tuesday February 19 2019.

He and wife Posy have been involved in the organisation of seven of the hugely popular concerts, including this year’s event at the University of Exeter Great Hall on Saturday November 9.

Their efforts have helped raise nearly £90,000 for FORCE Cancer Charity.

Peter Payne paid this tribute on behalf of the Classics Galore! organising committee and FORCE.

“We all heard the very sad news that Dick had passed away in the early hours of Tuesday morning. It was news we expected but it was still a huge shock. Our love and thoughts go out to Posy and the family.

“Dick had lived with cancer since 2000 and dealt with his condition and the treatments with typical humour and strength.

“In the first years after diagnosis, he had such excellent support from the hospital and FORCE and wanted to give something back by raising funds for the charity.

“He and Posy decided to hold a classical music concert in the Great Hall at Exeter University. The first Classics Galore! took place in 2007. It was a huge effort and a great success, so much so that they decided to do another in 2009!

“Dick had been the driving force for these concerts ever since – a giant of a man.

“He was determined to reach his goal of raising a total of £100,000 at this autumn’s concert on November 9 but sadly he won’t now see this happen.

“So if Dick were here now he would tell us to double our efforts and make sure this year’s concert is a resounding success – it’s what Dick would have wanted and deserves.

“Dick will be sorely missed by this committee – not least for his humour and his love of cakes!

“Our duty must be to continue to work hard and make Classics! 2019 the best yet for Dick.”

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If you would like to make a donation in memory of Dick Passmore a memoriam page has been set up which you can find here

Classics Galore! – Exeter’s very own night at the proms – has been staged at the University of Exeter Great Hall every two years since 2007.

The 2017 Classics Galore! concert raised a record sum of £21,000 for FORCE.

Profits from the tenth anniversary of this hugely popular musical extravaganza take the total raised for FORCE to nearly £90,000.

The concerts feature 200 performers with a full orchestra, the award-winning SW Comms Band from Lympstone and singers from Exeter’s St David’s Players and Ottery St Mary Choral Society performing a wide selection of popular classical tunes under musical director Malcolm Matthews.

The 2019 concert will include some old favourites from previous concerts including some of Dick’s favourites. Tickets go on sale July 1. For more details go to www.classicsgalore.co.uk