Neil Black Bio, Wiki
Neil Cathcart Black OBE was an English oboist. He has held the post of principal oboe in four London orchestras and taught at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Neil Black Age
He was born on May 28th, 1932 and died on August 14th, 2016 at the age of 60.
Neil Black Life and career
Black starting playing the oboe at the age of 11 and played in the National Youth Orchestra between 1948 and 1951. He attended Exeter College, Oxford between 1952 and 1956, and took a degree in history.
Black studied the oboe with Terence McDonagh in 1956–57. From 1958 to 1960, he was the principal oboist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Later in his career, he was the principal oboist of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the English Chamber Orchestra and the London Mozart Players. He is described by The Oxford Dictionary of Music as a “frequent soloist with chamber orchestras” and a “specialist in Baroque and pre‐classical repertoire”.
From 1960 to 1970 Black was a professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He later taught at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Black was appointed OBE in 1989. In 2013 he was musical director of the Kirckman Concert Society, which was formed in 1963 to promote young artists of exceptional talent. Salazar coached Mo Farah between 2011 and 2017, and was also appointed to UK Athletics’ endurance programme as a consultant in 2013.
Black had hoped to continue as performance director until after the Tokyo Olympics but in 2019, he paid the price for his unwavering support of the controversial US coach Alberto Salazar, who was banned for four years for doping offences in October – as well as Britain’s low tally of five medals at the World Championships in Doha, their worst result since 2005.
Neil Black Death & Cause
He died on August 14th, 2016 at the age of 60. His death, which is believed to be of natural causes, was confirmed in a statement from UK Athletics, which said it was “shocked and saddened to confirm the loss of our friend and former colleague Neil Black who passed away suddenly at the weekend.
“Neil loved the sport of athletics and dedicated his life to supporting athletes – as a world-class physiotherapist, as head of sports science, and then in recent years as performance director for British Athletics. Neil will be hugely missed by those that knew and worked with him. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”
He came everywhere with me and made sure I was held together physically and mentally. So many things I want to say… I’ll miss you forever Neil Black 😞
— Kelly Sotherton (@KellySotherton) April 21, 2020