Michael Meeks


April 22, 1951 - May 7, 2022

Dear friends,

 Michael Meeks, a beloved member of the Fellowship of Friends, completed his task this morning in a bike accident at Apollo.

 Michael was born on April 22, 1951 and turned 71 last month. He joined the Fellowship in London in June 1992, and lived at Apollo since 1995. He was a renowned musician, having played the trumpet with St. Martin’s in the Fields in London, the London Symphony Orchestra, and other ensembles. Since 1999 he served for years as principal trumpet for the Sacramento Choral Society and Sacramento Philharmonic Opera.

Michael’s gentle energy was a source of bright support to his friends, our school, and Robert. A few days ago, at dinner with Robert, having seen Michael the week before for a birthday dinner, Robert acknowledged that every day was Michael’s birthday.

 We thank thee.
The Elysian Society

A link to an Apollo concert with Michael on the trumpet playing the Prayer of St. Gregory: https://youtu.be/u86Lyfb5938


Funeral Service Text: Michael Meeks Funeral 05-28-2022

Heard melodies are sweet
But those unheard are sweeter.

John Keats

11 thoughts on “Michael Meeks

  1. Michael and I shared some wonderful musical experiences together over the years and spoke on a regular basis through Zoom during the pandemic. I miss him.

  2. I have fond memories of Michael from our days serving in the Band of The Life Guards, Household Cavalry, UK. He was known to us by his nickname, Twinkle! He and I shared the the same birth date albeit he was a year older than myself. Rest in peace Michael, taken from us too soon.

  3. Michael was one of kindest, most supportive colleagues I’ve ever known. Miss the jokes we told and the smiles you gave after rehearsals.

  4. Two recorded thoughts from the man himself,-

    “The trumpet itself is denying force for the sound of the trumpet”

    “Is it ‘a moon,’ or, is it just that stressful period between moons?”

  5. I dreamed about Michael, a few days after his death… we hugged and cried a little and said our goodbyes… all is well

  6. I’d always look forward to playing in Sacramento…because I knew Michael would be there…
    Between sets, he’d turn around with that great smile and say ‘Let’s get a pint, shall we?’. He’d laugh and tell stories for hours. A wonderful person and friend. Miss you, Michael…

  7. A fine musician and a wonderful person. One of the kindest people I have ever met. So sorry that you left us so soon.

  8. Michael was our long time friend and principal trumpet player who was simply a superb musician and a superb human being. His cheerfulness and professionalism continued throughout his life and I am personally saddened by his departure. He was planning on attending our Verdi Requiem concert as he loved the SCSO. May he rest in peace +

    Donald Kendrick, Music Director, Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra

  9. Michael was a true colleague in every sense of the word, always greeting everyone with a gentle smile and a kind word. His warm presence and sweet sound will be missed.

  10. “Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.” “Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.” Rumi

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