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Michael Gerard obituary

Thursday 26th March 2020

My father, Michael Gerard, who has died aged 73, was a teacher with a great passion for music. He was proud to have founded the Greenshoots Ceilidh Orchestra in Leicester 25 years ago, and he also played with the city’s Clarendon Park Orchestra from its inception, as well as the Leicester Community Concert Band and the Afro-city Swingsters, the Regenerates and the Jazz Workshop Band. Whatever the genre, he just loved to play.

Michael was born in Beckenham, Kent, to Frances (nee Kent), an illustrator, and her husband, Arthur, a civil servant. At school in London at Dulwich College he discovered a great fondness for the violin, which he played from the age of eight. He went on to the University of Durham in the mid-1960s and there met Caroline Moles, a fellow student. They bonded over shared interests in opera and politics and lived together for the next 50 years, although they did not marry until a few years ago.

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