Earlier this year I led a farewell ceremony for the talented artist and sculptor, Brenda Naylor. As many of her friends and former colleagues were unable to attend on that occasion, the family arranged a memorial service for a few weeks later, which took place yesterday in London.
Brenda was a woman who was very well loved and respected, as well as being immensely beautiful and talented (as detailed in her obituary in The Telegraph). Both ceremonies highlighted not just her achievements and generosity of spirit whilst alive, but also the legacy she leaves behind, through her art and through the lives she touched along the way.
Brenda supported a number of charities, including the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, run by the Royal Opera House, (which supports the artistic development of talented singers at the beginning of their careers). Two soloists from the programme began and ended yesterday’s memorial ceremony and a number of friends and family talked about different periods of Brenda’s life and paid tribute to her. Samples of her work were also on display, including a number of her sculptures of ballet dancers.
Although obviously tinged with sadness at her loss, the event was a wonderful opportunity to mark and remember all she achieved, and to pay tribute to an amazing woman who leaves a lasting legacy for all who knew her and future generations.