We are sorry to announce the very sad death of Lower Sixth form bassoonist Toby Davies. 

Toby, who joined The Purcell School in September from Reading School, was a member of the National Youth Wind Ensemble, Berkshire Youth Orchestra and the Acer Minor Bassoon Sextet. He studied bassoon with Sarah Burnett, piano with Daniel King-Smith and composition with Simon Speare. Toby was taken ill suddenly last week and sadly died in Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge.

Headmaster David Thomas said: “The whole school is extremely upset at Toby’s sudden death. He was a very popular and talented pupil, who brought a love of life, a love of people and a love of music to the school. In his short time here, he gave a great deal to the life of the school, and he will be much missed.”

The school is planning various events to celebrate Toby’s life, more details of which will be published in due course.

Toby (centre) and other members of our ‘Impulse’ Outreach group at a local primary school earlier this term. (Photo: M. Wess)