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James Galway mourns for relatives but the shows go on

By Eddie McIlwaine

Renowned flautist Sir James Galway is going ahead with two Christmas performances in spite of the deaths of two close relatives.

The Man with the Golden Flute’s mother-in-law — Helen Cinnante — died in New York aged 79 while he and his wife, Lady Jeanne, were coming to the end of a tour in Australia. And on his way home he had to rush to Manchester after hearing of the passing of his brother George’s wife Muriel at 69.

“It is a time of grieving,” said Sir James, “but Jeanne and I have decided to go ahead with our concert schedule. She in particular is feeling sad about her mother especially as it happened when we were so far away and couldn’t get to Helen’s funeral.”

The first concert will be a radio broadcast tomorrow in Switzerland on the Swiss station DrS1, when Sir James and Jeanne will be joined for a programme of Christmas music by Ulster pianist Michael McHale (25).

“He is a wonderful young piano player and a Cambridge graduate and he has been on a few dates around Europe with me,” added Sir James.

On Saturday, the Galways are off to the town of Vicenza in northern Italy for a church concert.

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