William M. Petche Obituary, Death – William M. Petche, age 83, of Mentor, Ohio, passed away calmly on Thursday, May 18, 2023 at the UH Lake West Medical Center in Willoughby, Ohio. He was accompanied by his son Scott during his final moments. His birthday is August 28th, 1939, and he was born in Cleveland. The dress rehearsal has already gotten under way. Almost immediately after this, he received a second call instructing him to attend an audition in Manchester with what was then known as the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra and is now known as the BBC Philharmonic.
Five days later, Bennett was a member of that orchestra, and he was about to begin on a career as one of the greatest players of his generation. Unfortunately, Bennett passed away at the age of 86 due to motor neurone disease. His goal was to give the flute “the depth, dignity, and grandeur of the voice or a string instrument” through his influence on the creation and construction of the flute as well as through the more than 100 recordings he made as a soloist, many of which were released on his own Beep Records label.
In 1960, he became a member of the Sadler’s Wells Orchestra for a period of one year. From 1966 until 1972, he was James Galway’s successor as the principal flute of the London Symphony Orchestra. After that, he joined the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, but a short time later, he was sacked for missing too many rehearsals in order to go on a global tour with the English Chamber Orchestra. This did not cause him a great deal of concern because he preferred the life as a freelancer. As a result, he never rejoined an orchestra as a full-time member again. He freelanced with the London Mozart Players, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and the Pro Arte Orchestra in addition to the ECO.