Ian Richardson, York Wait 1977-2007
“Waits everywhere will mourn the death of Ian, master of those flights of fancy on the top line without a safety net.” – Alan Radford, Leeds Waits
Ian Richardson 7 April 1951 – 4 August 2007
The York Waits are sad to inform you of the death of their colleague, Ian Richardson, on 4th August.
With the death of Ian Richardson at the all-too-early age of 56, the early-music world has suffered a sad loss. Ian was a superb musician who enjoyed making music and entertaining others, activities that he engaged in for thirty years as a member of the York Waits. He belonged to one of the first generations after David Munrow, which not only accepted the qualities that Munrow had showed to be possible in early music – fine musicianship, expertise on various instruments and a deep knowledge of the repertory – but also added other requirements, such as the ability to play from memory, to improvise, and to entertain “on the hoof”. In the development of a modern type of minstrelsy Ian, along with other members of the York Waits, was responsible for forging an entertainment style appropriate to the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
Patron, The International Guild of Town Pipers
We were shocked and saddened to return from holiday and hear of Ian’s death. He will be greatly missed by many.
Stefan Schuwer, Jack van Uden, Dorry Derhaag-Doomernik. (bestuur)De Stadspijpers van ‘s-Hertogenbosch
I was greatly saddened by the news of Ian’s untimely death. I worked with the York Waits when recording their Christmas Musicke CD. Ian’s musical skills are wonderfully evident on the recordings and especially the recorder playing. Ian was fun to work with and wonderfully patient when things did not quite go according to plan. I find it hard to think of the York Waits without him.
A sudden and sad reminder of our mortality and a tragic loss.
I would like to add my memories of Ian. He was always ready with a smile for everyone – and that included we ‘hangers-on’, ‘groupies’ and proud sister of another York Wait; James. May he always be remembered for his good humour and that all-encompassing smile. And…of course his music; Kingston Church (near Corfe Castle) remains an everlasting memory for me. Thank you, Ian, for being you and bringing sunshine into many lives.
We were extremely saddened to receive your e-mail today concerning Ian. We have been “fans” of the York Waits, since first seeing them play at Bosworth in 1984 and 1985. Since then, we have attended concerts whenever possible and have always enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere, sense of fun and enthralling music, created by the Band. Our twin boys of 15 also thoroughly enjoy the Wait’s music.
As a long-term fan of the York Waits, I would just like to record my sorrow at hearing the news of Ian’s death. The past twenty years (for me) is too short a time to have enjoyed Ian’s musicianship and his only too evident delight at playing as a member of the Waits.
I just wanted to say that when I came to see York Waits at Ludlow Assembly rooms a few years ago, it was a fascinating and very enjoyable evening of entertainment, and I subsequently became the proud owner of several of York Waits CD’s. It’s very sad that Ian, who was clearly a very special man, has passed away. My sympathies go to all of his family and friends.
I have not seen Ian for years but have many happy memories from his pre-York Waits days when, in the 1960s, we were both members of the Ayre Consort based in Leeds, together with Ian’s brother, Roger and several others all interested in performing early music. Ian and Roger, though the youngest members of the group, were an inspiration to the rest of us through their enthusiasm for acquiring, making and playing early instruments and it was no surprise that they subsequently became so successful in that field. I was very saddened indeed to learn of Ian’s death.
As great fans of York Waits, my partner and I would like to express our sincere condolences to Mr Richardson’s family and to the group.
I am heartbroken to learn of Ian’s death. My family first met the Richardson boys when The York Waits played on Long Island, New York in 1979. It was our privilege to host both Ian and Roger while they were in our country. A few years later we traveled to England and met their parents. They are a beautiful family and our lives were enriched through knowing them. God bless you, Ian. Rest in peace.
We were very sad to hear of Ian’s passing. For the past 25 yrs we have enjoyed York Waits concerts, especially the Christmas events. Ian always seemed to be enjoying himself, and had a friendly smile for the audience.
As just an ordinary member of your audience at your past concerts in Masham, Grinton and Durham, of no musical expertise may I say how sorry both my Wife and I were to hear of Ian’s passing.
Chris,A photo which helps capture Ian’s love of his music. You may use it if you wish.
There’s those can play, and there’s those that can dance. There’s some that can do both – but not usually at the same time. Ian Richardson; sadly missed.Yours Sincerely
We just got the news and were very sorry to hear of Ian Richardson’s untimely death. We never got to hear the York Waits in person, but their CDs have been standard fare in our house for many years and we always hoped someday to get to England to hear them. On Christmas Eve we always put on the ‘Christmas Musicke’ while we are decorating the cedar tree cut from our woods. Now it wouldn’t be our traditional Christmas without them! We are now enjoying the ‘Playford Plus’ CD from Brewhouse this year in Ian’s memory. It has quickly become a favorite. Please extend our best wishes and condolences to Ian’s family and the other Waits.Lynn and Barry Trott
I have just heard of Ian’s death and am so sorry. I met him when we both participated in a (non musical) course in the Lake District in June 2006 and we met a couple of times after that, most recently last summer.