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Richard Yeoman-Clark RIP

It is with great sadness that I convey news that Richard Yeoman-Clark passed away on September 17th following a short illness, age 75.

Richard joined BBC Radio direct from school as a Technical Operator at Broadcasting House, moving to the Experimental Stereo Unit as the Recording Engineer a couple of years later. There he was involved with the integration of Stereo Operations from just test transmissions into the regular output of Radio 3 in the late 1960s. As stereo proliferated across BBC Radio he transferred to the Music Department as a Studio Manager. There his technical expertise was in demand for the presentation of electronic music concerts working with contemporary composers such as Stockhausen, Berio, Boulez etc. This experience led him to join the BBC Radiophonic Workshop where he produced the special sound for the science fiction series Blake’s Seven, amongst other programmes. Later he became the Technical Coordinator for the Workshop when electronic synthesizers started taking over from Musique Concrete.
Richard left the BBC in 1978 to become the Chief Technical Engineer at Roundhouse Recording Studios and oversaw the installation and operation of one of the first 3M Digital Multitrack Mastering System in the UK. Leaving Roundhouse Studios in the early 1980s he joined F.W.O.Bauch as a field service engineer, later becoming Service Manager for their Professional Broadcast products.
In 2002, Richard was recruited to the BFI National Archive where his vast knowledge and experience of sound and digital techniques transformed the audio department’s capabilities to cater for sound restoration of the optical soundtracks of films being restored by the BFI for both theatrical and DVD release. Perhaps most notably, Richard led the sound restoration project for a special David Lean Centenary collection of ten of the best known Lean films which were re-released in 2008.
Since his retirement from the BFI in 2012, Richard has been the technical powerhouse behind the Church Stretton Arts Festival, quietly providing a dazzling array of skills, knowledge and equipment each year to numerous artists and audiences.
There will be a service to remember Richard at the Silvester Horne Institute in Church Stretton on October 14th 2019 at 10:30am.

Best wishes,

Charles Fairall
BFI National Archive

John Sarson visit

Neil Pittaway reports:

In the intense heat of Thursday July 25th, five Oldboys went and had a buffet lunch with John Sarson at his home. Mike Gildon organised,Christine Sarson provided food and drinks, and took this group shot for the album.

John’s birthday was a few weeks back but that didn’t prevent him cutting into the belated cake Howard brought!

Paul Hutchings RIP

This sad news from Leo Hutchings

As you may have been aware, my father, Paul Hutchings, had been fighting cancer of the mouth for the last couple of years and sadly lost his battle on the morning of 5th February. 

The funeral service, to which all are welcome, will take place at South West Middlesex (Hanworth) Crematorium, on Monday 4th March at 12.20pm.

For those who can make it, the wake will be held at the Cabbage Patch Pub in Twickenham after the service.  If you will be looking to attend the wake, it would be helpful if you could let me know so that I can confirm the finer details with the venue.

I have arranged two floral tributes, if anyone else would like to add to that I would ask that they be delivered to the address below before 10.20am on the morning of the service.

Lodge Brothers Funeral Directors

13 Market Parade
Hampton Road West
Hanworth
TW13 6AL

Any charitable donations that people would like to make are to be shared between Clarendon School and MacMillan Cancer Care.  Donations can be made on the day of the service or via the donations page on the Lodge Brothers website, www.lodgebros.co.uk.  My father’s details should be available on there from 19th February onwards.

If you think that anyone whose email address my father didn’t have should be notified or would like to attend, please feel free to pass these details on.  Please also feel free to ask me if there’s anyone in particular you think I should try to contact who I might not have done already, albeit that I might not be able to reply immediately.

Leo Hutchings