David Sigall 1943–2022

We are very sorry to announce that David Sigall died on 29th May after a long and debilitating illness, fought with remarkable tenacity, good humour and bravery and with the devotion and unstinting support of his wife Karen.

David was a director of Ingpen & Williams Limited from 1972 until his retirement in 2016. Educated at The City of London School it was his first intention to become a solicitor. However his heart was never in it and he was irresistibly drawn to the world of music and was lucky enough to be employed by Lina Lalandi of the English Bach Festival, for whom he started to work in the late sixties. His experience there led him to believe, in retrospect quite correctly, that his temperament and personality would suit him very well to artist management, and in 1972 he was invited by Howard Hartog to join him at Ingpen & Williams, where he would remain for forty-four years until his retirement.

During his early years he was particularly involved with artists such as Joan Sutherland, Sherill Milnes, Jessye Norman, Alfred Brendel and Michael Gielen and, following Howard Hartog’s death in 1990, Pierre Boulez and Sir Georg Solti. In his later years he was very close to a number of younger artists including Susan Chilcott, Joanna MacGregor, Carolyn Sampson, Markus Stenz,  Douglas Boyd and Barrie Kosky. And for many years he represented the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on their annual visits to the UK and, in later years, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

David had a remarkable gift for friendship and built an extraordinarily wide acquaintanceship throughout the musical world of people who always delighted in his company – either in person or through long and gossipy telephone conversations. The words elegant and urbane could have been invented for him.

He served as Chairman of the British Association of Concert Agents in the 80s and subsequently as President of the International Artist Managers Association and served for many years as a Governor of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.  So many artists and colleagues were lucky to have his wise counsel and advice with which he was unfailingly generous.

Jonathan Groves writes: “David was my friend and closest colleague for forty-four years and I count myself to have been very lucky to have had him at my side throughout most of my working life. His support was unfailing and, remarkably, we always saw eye to eye on any important decisions that needed to be made”

David married the soprano Susan Chilcott in 2000 and although the marriage did not last he remained her manager until her death in 2003 and was a devoted step-father to her son Hugh. He subsequently married Karen Taylor in March 2018 and was lucky to have her love and care in his final years of illness. He is survived by his sister Vera.