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Lucien Nethsinghe, found chemistry in music

The Council and members of the Institute of Chemistry received the news of the demise of Mr. Lucien Nethsinghe with profound sadness. He was born in Sri Lanka and received his early education at S.Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia. He then joined the Royal College of Music and studied with Ralph Downes and Herbert Howells. He completed his studies at King’s College,Cambridge, with Boris Ord and David Willcocks.

He was associated with our Institute through his beloved sister Clodagh who was a past president of the Institute and an awardee of the Distinguished Services Award from the Institute.He was an Organist and Master of Choristers of Exeter Cathedral from 1973-1999 and fostered generations of choristers, to take the daily worship of Exeter Cathedral to new musical heights.

We remember him and Clodagh for being philanthropists who donated then their residence at Station Road, Dehiwala to the Institute to expand our educational activities.We are very grateful for this venture and will never be forgotten.We wish to express our deepest condolences to members of Mr. Nethsinghe’s family.

May he rest in peace.

-The Institute of Chemistry