Musician David Leadbetter, Musician from South Africa died in a crash on November 24.
Musician David Leadbetter
Mrs. Leadbetter said her husband was born in the UK but spent much of his life in South Africa where he was regarded as one of the country's “finest musicians”.
David Ledbetter is an independent researcher in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century keyboard music and performance practice, with a particular interest in how an understanding of context and structure may deepen and enrich performance.
Publications include Continuo Playing
According to Handel (Oxford University Press), Bach's Well-tempered Clavier and Unaccompanied Bach (both Yale University Press); also (with Simon Rowland-Jones) a new performing edition of Haydn's string quartets (Peters Edition).
All About Jazz
David Leadbetter is pleased to report that South African jazz music is currently continuing in the same vein as that tradition. Kyle Shepherd's pianistic style is a fantastic fit for Cape Town music. But Abdullah Ibrahim has had a big influence on his piano playing, which is excellent for him!
Because I want to hear that the horn player, for example, was influenced by Prez, Bird, and Trane when I listen to jazz, especially while he is playing. I'd like to hear all of that. You want to hear that in South African music as well. You want to know that the cats are continuing the tradition of paying attention to the people who came before them.
Appealing for witness
Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen the crash or may have dashcam footage to come forward.
The coroner and officers investigating the incident have worked together and will fulfill David's wishes to become an organ donor. Some people will benefit thanks to his selfless act.
Officers are still appealing for relevant footage and witnesses following the collision. If you have any information, please call 101 and quote reference 5222282599.
His music would “live on”
“We are truly stunned and saddened by the untimely death of UK-born David James Leadbetter as a result of the devastating collision on Thursday.
“He was our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, and one of South Africa's finest musicians. “We have lost a humorous, spiritual, compassionate, vibrant, talented, and knowledgeable individual.
“He was passionate about music and loved family, friends, nature, animals, and life. “Our world will be significantly diminished by his loss.
David was an accomplished musician, something for which he will be remembered.”
Dave Ledbetter’s Earliest memories
My mum was a Classical pianist, a very excellent one. And so my earliest memories would be around the piano listening to music and then taking piano lessons and guitar lessons.
Everything was music. So from as early as I can remember, there was always musical activity in the house. Then there was music at school. I think the moment I heard the Beatles for the first time was when I realized that there was something here for me.
People's desire to make significant social commentary about what was happening in the nation in the middle of the 1980s in South Africa gave rise to the entire alternative rock genre. And as it happens, James, along with Roger Lucey, was one of the very first alternative voices in that genre.
Particularly those two were among the first members of that movement to have their songs either outright banned or not played at all on radio stations. It's also strange to consider that, for instance, Die Antwoord wouldn't exist if it weren't for James. If we're still talking about James, I believe his lack of recognition during his life was the tragedy of his life. It's taken 25 years for people to wake up to the fact that he was a hugely influential figure, you know?
David Leadbetter Cause of Death
On November 24, a three-car crash in the city claimed the life of David Leadbetter, 64. On Claverton Down Road, the collision occurred just before 7:30 p.m.
After being transferred to the hospital, he passed away.