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Jessica Duchen
Tuesday 23rd March 2010
RIP Lady Walton

Sad to hear that Lady Susana Walton, widow of Sir William, passed away on Sunday, aged 83. According to the website of La Mortella, the exquisite garden the Waltons created on Ischia, her ashes will be buried in the Nymphaeum on the mountainside of La Mortella near her husband's.

Here is an interview with her from Culturekiosque, 2008, with some lovely reminiscences of her husband. 

And here is some suitable music to say farewell: the beginning of the Walton Violin Concerto conducted by the composer, with Jascha Heifetz as soloist.


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Jack Gibbons
March 26th, 2010
8:03 AM
Thank you Jessica for remembering Susana Walton in your blog. The world lost a truly great lady when she passed away on Sunday. I also lost a wonderful personal friend whose kindness was only matched by her boundless enthusiasm. One of my most cherished memories of her is watching a film of her late husband in his old age gingerly climbing some steps on a rare visit to England and Susana grabbing my arm and saying “every time I see that film I am so afraid poor William is going to fall” (and the way she spoke his name ‘William’ was always very special!). Susana created a most wonderful garden at La Mortella, and was every bit a special person in her own right, in addition to all the amazing and extremely conscientious work she did preserving her husband’s legacy. I will miss her deeply, as will I am sure every one who was lucky enough to get to know her. I’ve put together a brief personal memento video of some of my visits to La Mortella which you can see on YouTube at

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About Jessica Duchen

Jessica Duchen is a music journalist and the author of four novels, two biographies and several stage works. She writes regularly for The Independent and BBC Music Magazine. Her latest novel, Songs of Triumphant Love, is published by Hodder.

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