My Time With Pat – High School and College in the Mid-1950’s

Imagine Pat, Dave Wade, George Sikorsky, Toby Knowles, and me in the living room of a basement apartment listening to plastic disks of jazz and other stuff.  I remember particularly the operetta, Golden Apple and we were all taken by the lyrics of Lazy Afternoon.  Then someone would chime,  “It’s Mecca Time” and we went out into the night the couple blocks to be sure we could get our last snack before the coffee shop closed.

I first knew Pat in High school.  Continue reading “My Time With Pat – High School and College in the Mid-1950’s”

Although We Never Met in Person

A kind note from Wiesbaden, who worked with Patrick without ever meeting him.

Dear John Patrick,

With deep regret we learned about your father’s death.

Although we never met in person we always enjoyed working with him and greatly valued our cooperation. All of us at HARRASSOWITZ who had the privilege to work with your father would like to extend our sincere sympathy at your loss.

Please accept our warmest condolences to you at this difficult time.

In sympathy

Eva Tiemann and colleagues from the HARRASSOWITZ Music Department

Pésame de Carme Fernández Vidal

Condolencias del compositor mallorquín Carme Fernández Vidal:

Estimados familiares de Patrick,

No nos conocemos y aún así me he decidido a escribir para transmitiros mis condolencias por la pérdida de Patrick, que tanto amó e hizo por la música.

Como compositora y como mallorquina le recordaré con respeto y cariño.

Descanse en paz.

Carme Fernández Vidal

Patrick Will Stay in Our Memory

Ludwig and Maria wrote from Germany:

thank you very much for your message. We are very sad to learn about the death of your father Patrick. We have known each other for many years. My wife Maria and I have been visiting your parents very often during the 90th. We got along very well and remember many cheerful evenings an also concerts we visited together. Patrick will stay in our memory and we are very glad that we had the opportunity of getting to know him.

Best wishes,
Ludwig and Maria

He Was a Remarkable, Vital Man

A beautiful note from Clare Benjamin and Fynn Clarke, with a promise of more to follow.

Thank you for letting us know the very sad news of Patrick’s death.

This is just a brief email as we want to write a longer one with happy memories of time spent with Patrick in Deia and our last meet up with him in Valldemossa in 2016.

We feel very lucky to have met him some ten years ago, as a result of renting The Cottage in Deia, and falling in love with Deia and the beautiful place that Patrick had created together with Stephanie who he talked about with love so often. Continue reading “He Was a Remarkable, Vital Man”

We Found Him Charming, Kind & Generous

From Catrin Edwards, who met Patrick around seven or eight years ago:

I was sorry to hear your sad news. We rented a place from your father & stayed in Deya over Easter around seven or eight years ago – it was sometime after he’d retired from being director of the festival. We found him charming, kind & generous and so interesting to talk to. I am also a musician. It was my first time to Majorca and we loved Deja, the lemon groves and little bay close to the house and the great walking around the village and down the coast. It was always somewhere I wanted to return to.

My thoughts are with you, your sisters and the rest of the family. Losing a parent is heartbreaking.