Remembering Ivan March – music lover and critic

It is with some sadness that we report the passing of the eminent music critic Ivan March (aged 91) at the beginning of this month. He will be sadly missed.

Readers of a certain age will no doubt remember Ivan March, who along with Edward Greenfield and Robert Layton, co-founded The Penguin Stereo Record Guide. This was an indispensable source of reference for many lovers of classical music and copies could be found in all good classical record stores.

As technologies changed this later became The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs.

A changed title to match changing times!

Prior to his involvement in the above publication he had founded the Long Playing Record Library which loaned LPs of classical music to members (for a fee). He also acted as a consultant to public libraries in the mid 1960s as they sought to add long playing records to the books that they traditionally loan.