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Born at Zurndorf in Austria on 27 January 1926, the Jewish musician, writer and wit Fritz Spiegl was a distant relative of Gustav Mahler. He moved to the UK in 1939 to escape the Nazis, learning English amazingly quickly and thoroughly.
He became (via a career as Principal Flautist with the Liverpool Philharmonic) one of the UK's best-known all-round classical musicians - author, journalist, music publisher, broadcaster, conductor and organiser of April fools (and other) concerts with his Liverpool Music Group, and his interests didn't end with music - he was well-known as a wit and a commentator on language, and was an antiquarian, an antiques dealer, typographer, designer and a vintage car enthusiast.
Fritz Spiegl died on 23 March 2003, aged 77.
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