We are so very saddened to let you know that former pupil Ling Ling Douglas passed away recently.

Ling Ling’s family wished us to convey words to you about their beautiful and talented young daughter. Her mother, Chun Liao, expressed the words only a parent could in these tragic circumstances: ‘To love deeply is to sometimes enter into the deepest of grief’.

Ling Ling was born in 1999. She began playing the violin at the age of six and joined The Purcell School in Year 10, going on to further sixth form studies local to home.

Ling Ling was a popular member of our musical community and she was passionate about her music, first study violin and second study voice. She enjoyed the weekly boarding life with her housemates and particularly loved the Graham House cats.

She is remembered by those students who knew her well as ‘caring, special, amazing, kind, a great roommate, and loving’. Mr Charles Sewart, Head of Strings, described Ling Ling as ‘a talented violinist and natural musician who was gentle in nature, kind in spirit and generous with her classmates’. Voice teacher, Mr Tom Marrandola, also remembers Ling Ling with great affection and has said ‘I have very fond memories of my lessons with Ling Ling. Although as a person she was quiet and modest, she possessed a lovely singing voice of remarkable strength and depth; she was always a pleasure to teach. I know she will be greatly missed by all those close to her.’

We are all struck by her sudden loss of life and our heartfelt condolences are sent from all members of The Purcell School both past and present to Ling Ling’s family.

May Ling Ling rest in peace.

The Buddhist Funeral Ceremony took place on the 21st March 2018 in London.