All of us at Sing for Pleasure were shocked to learn of the death on 29 August of Jamie Crick, aged just 57, after a brief illness. A well-known radio broadcaster, Jamie was a trustee of Sing for Pleasure for several years. Many members will remember his wonderful contribution to our Golden Jubilee concert in Bolton in 2014, which he compered with his trademark wit, insight, energy and enthusiasm.
Jamie, who was last on air the afternoon before he died, began his radio career in 1988 at Guildford-based County Sound. But he was perhaps best known for his two decades as a presenter on Classic fM, which he joined in 1993. He joined Jazz FM in 2014 and went on to host Breakfast and later the afternoon drive-time show, as well as a weekend show on Scala Radio. He was also a founder and Content Director at the theatre station, Encore Radio, and set up one of the UK’s first digital radio services – Gaydar Radio – where he was also Station Director.
SfP head of conductor training, Manvinder Rattan, has expressed his sadness at losing a friend: ‘Jamie and I first met when he was Classic fM’s anchor and presented its annual Christmas Concert from Liverpool Cathedral, where the Cavendish Singers regularly performed. He was warm, generous and knew how to have fun. He became a chum and a trustee at Sing for Pleasure and I am very shaken at his demise.’
Like Manvinder, I also knew Jamie from my days as a music journalist. I have particularly fond memories of accompanying him to a Chichester Cathedral Classic fM concert – flying through the countryside in his open-top sports car and laughing all the way there and back. He was charming, fun, committed and an outstanding broadcaster.
I am sure all of you will wish to extend your deepest sympathies to Jamie’s partner and family.
Paul Cutts – Chief Executive