London-born Payne was a critic and composer who studied at Durham University. His compositions included orchestral music, chamber music and songs, some of the latter for his wife Jane Manning, who pre-deceased him by a month, but he will probably be best known for “completing” Elgar’s Third Symphony from the composer’s sketches, not to mention shorter Elgar pieces like the 6th Pomp and Circumstance March. I have happy memories of meeting him (and Jane) when he came to talk to the Elgar Society’s York and North East Branch some years ago.
Philip L. Scowcroft
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