Glen Capra

Glen Capra, photo by Adrian Turner

Like many of his friends, I was distressed to learn of Glen Capra’s death on 29th August in Greece. I was one of a group who regularly went for beers in The Evening Star with Glen when he made one of his regular visits back to Brighton after he had settled in Kavala.

Glen was a considerate and sensitive man, who was passionate about his relationships, music, art and life. This makes the fact that he took his own life extremely hard to take. Close friends, especially Richard Gibson, were in frequent touch with him before he died. He had been depressed and disoriented after his short marriage had abruptly ended. His death was a shock for everyone, and texts I’d had from him a few days earlier showed no sign of what was to come.

I watched Glen perform on many occasions in the UK and in Greece. He was a sensitive accompanist and wonderful pianist with a particular passion for Rachmaninov.

A little over nine years ago, Glen and I met through our mutual friend the composer Matthew Pollard. Matt and I were collaborating on a project that was to become This Concert Will Fall In Love With You — later recorded with additional material as the CD Clameur and Glen was Matt’s first choice to play piano. Matt and Glen had were old friends, performing together in the Tacet Ensemble and The Rainbow Chorus for example. Matt also wrote three linked compositions called Three Portraits for Poet and Piano, which Glen and I performed in its premiere in 2012.

Clameur written my Matthew Pollard and Peter Kenny featuring Glen Capra on piano.

For me it was the start of a friendship that would endure until now. Glen was a thoroughly good bloke, who was hugely liked by a great many people. I will miss him.

Below is a YouTube video of Minotaur, one of the Three Portraits for Poet and Piano by Matt Pollard with Glen on piano and me doing the words.

Featuring Glen Capra on piano, Minotaur by Matthew Pollard and Peter Kenny

About Peter Kenny

I lead a double life. Identity #1. A writer of poems, comedy plays, dark fiction and the odd libretto. Identity #2: A marketing outlier, working with London creative agencies and my own clients as a copywriter and creative consultant.
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10 Responses to Glen Capra

  1. Hilaire says:

    So sorry for your loss, Peter. A very touching tribute to your friend. Sending love xx

  2. Ann Perrin says:

    A touching tribute.
    We never really know what is going on for others. Had one suicide and an attempted one in own family.
    My partner will especially like the music xxx

  3. Very sorry to hear this, Peter. It was very nice to hear/watch ‘Minotaur’ again – thanks for posting the link. Take care. Rx

  4. Caroline Gilmour says:

    I knew Glen Capra slightly through the composers’ group New Music Brighton (NMB) and I was shocked to learn of his death. Glen and I were the joint co-ordinators of an NMB concert in February 2002 at St Michael’s Church in Lewes High St; the programme included the first performance, given by Glen, of “Fourtastes”, my collection of short piano pieces each using only four of the available 12 notes of the chromatic scale. Something very special happened during the penultimate piece (subtitled “Mourning”), difficult to describe in words (unless perhaps one is a poet): there was a moment of enhanced concentration or focus, causing the surrounding silence to seem intensified … and then the church clock struck …

  5. Thanks for this tribute, I worked with Glen many years ago and loved his playing. I just found out today of his tragic death. He will be missed.

  6. Peter Owen says:

    Very shocked and saddened to hear of Glen’s death. I knew him (as Glen Beer Pearce) 35+ years ago when I would go weekly to his wonderful, if unorthodox, family – I think Glen and his siblings were all home schooled, to teach him clarinet and composition and he was an utterly delightful lad and an excellent musician. What a tragic waste.. .

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