We worked with Patrick and Stephanie for many years. We enjoyed our time with them and they were inspirational.
On Saturday 22 April we were in Puigcerda in Catalonia with three conductors setting up a tour for July. The orchestras will stay in the same hotel in Solsona and their 5 concerts will be in venues initially set up by Patrick & Stephanie.
I am honoured that JP has asked me to make a contribution to this web site. Patrick was an extraordinary man and to do justice to his character, personality and kind-heartedness would take a literary talent far greater than mine. Patrick undoubtedly possessed such a gift and I shudder to think what he’d make of my efforts but I’ll give it my best shot. Continue reading “Lionel’s Reflections”
Patrick Meadows, who passed away last Saturday, April 22nd , was born in 1934 in West Virginia, in what he always described as the wrong side of the tracks of a small town. He attributed his passion for music to an exceptional teacher he had in school, but he also loved language and went on to get a degree in English literature from the Florida State University. He was a high-school teacher for several years after college. He had three children from a first marriage and a daughter from a second. He arrived in Majorca in 1969, living first in Galilea, and then moving to Deià six years later. There, with his partner Stephanie Shepard, he founded—and directed until 2008—the International Music Festival of Deià, organizing concerts every summer in Son Marroig and in the parish church of Deià. He dedicated his retirement years to the edition and publication of music of unknown composers, mostly of the 19 th century, and notably of the anglo-African composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. He also had a literary side, writing murder mystery and science fiction stories, which were published in many magazines.
Patrick is survived by his children JP, Jennifer, Gretchen and Allison, and his siblings Sue and Jack, and their families, who dearly loved him and miss him greatly.
His family and numerous friends will miss his musicianship, his creativity, his intelligence and his splendid and often mordant sense of humour.
Patrick Meadows, que falleció el pasado sábado veintidos de Abril , nació en el estado norteamericano de West Virginia en 1934, en el seno de una familia humilde.Aprendió música en la escuela– él atribuía el nacimiento de su pasión por la música a un muy buen maestro que tuvo–, pero finalmente se licenció en literatura inglesa por la Universidad de Florida. Fue profesor de instituto durante unos años y tuvo tres hijos de un primer matrimonio y una hija de su segundo matrimonio. Llegó a Mallorca el año 1969, instalándose en Galilea, y seis años más tarde en Deià. Allí, con su pareja, Stephanie Shepard, fundó –y dirigió hasta 2008– el Festival Internacional de Música de Deià, organizando conciertos cada verano en Son Marroig y en la Iglesia Parroquial de Deià. Dedicó sus años de jubilación a editar y publicar partituras de compositores u obras desconocidas, sobre todo del s. XIX, y notablemente de un compositor anglo-africano, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Tuvo también una faceta literaria, escribiendo cuentos policiacos y de ciencia ficción que salieron publicados en numerosas revistas.
A Patrick le sobreviven sus hijos JP, Jennifer, Gretchen y Allison, y sus hermanos Sue y Jack, y sus familias, que le querían muchísimo y lo extrañaban mucho.
Sus familiares y sus numerosos amigos echaran en falta su musicalidad, su creatividad, su inteligencia y su fino y a menudo mordaz sentido del humor.
Letter to Ivonne on 24 April 2017, posted with her permission:
We all miss Patrick and I know that you miss him very much too. Fortunately we all still have each other. You are especially lucky because you also have your daughter. Her love for you is different, but just as special, just as wonderful, and just as deserving of nourishment.
Life is like a tree: we occasionally lose branches, some young, some old, but together all the other branches grow over time to fill in the space left behind, each one shaped a little differently because of the gap they filled. However, we have to remember to care for the tree, the remaining branches, so that we all can thrive. Continue reading “Life Is Like a Tree”
Found this in Patrick’s inbox, from Alison. It’s dated 13 Apr ’17 6:44 AM
I’m so very grateful for you! You and Stephanie have been such an inspiration in my life to pursue my artistic calling. Your passion to follow your dreams has given me courage to follow my own.
I am so grateful to God for you both. You and Stephanie breathed life into so much great music, allowing your audiences to hear it afresh and as a result, you have brought so much joy and beauty into the world.
I believe that your time on earth isn’t over and that you still have many stories that need to be told.
One of the most memorable events that happened while living at your house was when your father visited. It was enormously satisfying to me on so many different levels and I don’t even know why, actually.
He’s a great conversationalist, he’s very personable, and he has a great sense of humor. He’s outside of the box. It was really awesome spending time with him and getting to know him.
Seeing where … getting a sense of part of who you are, it was very interesting, very interesting. I hope I get to see him again.
Recording of Christine while driving cross-country, 20 Nov 2014.