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DEATH OF DAVID HEWITT (article first published : 2001-12-25)

Lovers of guitar music will be sad to hear of the passing of top South African classical guitarist David Hewitt who died of Altzheimers Disease at the age of 54. He was described by friends and colleagues Des and Dawn Lindberg (on artslink.co.za) as “an exceptionally accomplished Classical Guitarist, arranger, teacher and composer, who leaves an inspiring volume of his own original guitar music, and fond and abiding memories of a strong and lyrical man of music”. They also hailed him as “a music player and a music maker of extraordinary creative ability.”

David Hewitt began his career as a rock guitarist before studying with classical guitarist Fritz Buss who guided him in the direction of the acoustic guitar. His work with Tessa Ziegler placed them as South Africa's top classical guitar duo and he wrote many guitar compositions.

It was a cruel blow for one so talented and committed to his music to be smitten with the cruel and debilitating Altzheimers Disease. Despite a failing memory he continued to play as long as he was physically able. Benefit concerts were held around South Africa as South Africa’s finest guitarists gave their skills to raise funds to help him meet mounting medical expenses.




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