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One of David's most notable achievements in recent years was the conception, creation and organisation (with Southbank Sinfonia) of what was to be the last orchestral concert given by one of the world's greatest conductors, Sir Charles Mackerras. For many years David had worked with Sir Charles in their respective roles of player and conductor in many varied musical environments, and it seemed clear to David that, in view of the conductor's advancing years, there should be some kind of celebration of the life this much loved and respected musician, an occasion in which Sir Charles could participate. And so, on May 25th 2010, with the generous cooperation of Australia House and with James Naughtie as Host, Barry Humphreys as Guest Speaker, and with many eminent friends and colleagues in attendance, Sir Charles conducted a programme of Mozart and Humperdinck. Two months later, after a handful of performances at Glyndebourne and a brief return to his holiday home in Elba, Sir Charles Mackerras died.