The 62-year-old performed with a number of leading London ensembles
UK cellist Martin Loveday has died due to complications related to Covid-19. The 62-year-old musician was being treated for cancer when he contracted the virus.
Born in Zimbabwe in 1958 before moving to the UK in 1964, Loveday performed with a number of leading London ensembles, including the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Pleeth Cello Octet, the Astarte Session Orchestra and the London Session Orchestra.
His playing can be heard on a diverse range of albums, from pop and jazz recordings, to recent film soundtracks, to folk records, to classical recordings of Villa Lobos’s Bachianas brasileiras with the Pleeth Octet on Hyperion and British Piano Trios with the Hartley Trio on Heritage.
In the following clip, recorded on 3 July 2012, Loveday performs Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble.