WARM tributes were paid to Lancaster University's first director of music, Sir John Manduell, at his funeral at St John the Baptist Church, Low Bentham, on Monday.

The internationally-acclaimed composer and musician later helped create and then, for 25 years, led the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

But Sir John and his wife, the pianist Renna Kellaway MBE, never deserted their home at Bentham, where he died on October 25, aged 89.

He became the first professor of music at Lancaster in 1968 and founder principal of the Royal Northern College in 1971.

“He was a man of extraordinary vision and talent and worked tirelessly to raise the profile of music and music education for so many people and organisations,” said the college's current principal, Prof Linda Merrick.

The Gazette carried a full obituary last week.

The funeral service was followed by cremation at Lancaster. Donations in Sir John's memory are going to Help Musicians UK.