The Elgar Society pays tribute to Joyce Kennedy
Joyce Kennedy, widow of journalist and music critic, the late Michael Kennedy, has passed away at the age of 88. Born in 1933, Joyce studied medicine at the University of Manchester Medical School, becoming an anaesthetist and later a GP in Salford. Micheal and Joyce met in 1976, only marrying in 1999 after the death of Michael’s first wife, Eslyn, who had suffered for many years from multiple sclerosis.
The couple co-authored books on the lives of both Richard Strauss and Benjamin Britten adding a history of the Buxton Festival in 2004. In 1980 Michael and Joyce added the Oxford Dictionary of Music to their joint collaborations. Among her other publications, in 2008 she published Who Married Figaro? A Book of Opera Characters. After the death of Michael, she founded the Joyce and Michael Kennedy award for the singing of Richard Strauss.
Joyce was a loyal member of the North West branch, where she will be remembered as an enthusiastic Elgarian and throughout the Elgar Society for both her charm and commitment to Elgar’s music. She will be greatly missed.