Vale Sir Andrew Davis

The much-loved conductor died on Saturday aged 80.
Black and white image of a smiling white man leaning against a music packing case wearing a white bow tie and formal suit.

Sir Andrew Davis, former Chief Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) between 2013-2019, died in Chicago on Saturday 20 April after battling leukaemia. He was 80 years old.

Davis, who made his debut with the MSO in 2009, went on to became the Orchestra’s Conductor Laureate between 2020 and 2024, after stepping down as Chief Conductor.

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