The Final Movement

April 5, 2013 by Henry Benjamin
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Bandleader, musician and composer Tommy Tycho has passed away in Sydney at the age of 84…sending many of his fans on a journey down memory lane.

Tommy Tycho surrounded by some of the musicians of Symphonic Winds Ensemble

Tommy Tycho surrounded by  the musicians of the Moriah Symphonic Winds Ensemble

The popular Hungarian born Sydney identity was a regular during the halcyon years of Bondi’s Hakoah Club with close friends remembering the 60th anniverary concert when the maestro produced a knock-out concert starring Julie Anthony and Barry Crocker.

Current club president Phil Filler told J-Wire: “He was a loyal and true member of the club who in addition to performing there was always available to help out in any way he could. We are saddened by his passing and would like to pass on our respects to his extended family.”

Former Hakoah identity Greg Zeltser added: “The highlight for me was the 60th anniversary concert which resulted in $120,000 being raised for a Jewish Studies course at the University of New South Wales. He was more than a showman, more than a friend…he was part of the Hakoah family and will be sorely missed.”

Recently members of the Moriah College Symphonic Winds Ensemble visited Tycho in the Montefiore Home in Randwick and played for him one of his own compositions.


One Response to “The Final Movement”
  1. Harry says:

    Your orbituary was excellent.
    Another great one was written by the pianist Simon Tedeschi in last Saturday’s Australian newspaper.

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