Hundreds of mourners packed into Three Counties Crematorium to pay tribute to N Live presenter Nathan Wiseman-Trowse today.
Nathan, whose daytime role was Programme Leader for popular music at the University of Northampton, was celebrated by friends, family and colleagues in a touching thanksgiving service attended by so many people they were forced to stand in the aisles.
Civil Celelbrant Sue Homer conducted proceedings after people were welcomed into the chapel of rest to the strains of May You Never by John Martyn.
She described Nathan’s life and told how his first job in music was at Spin A Disc after he graduated from the University of Northampton with a degree in English literature.
Nathan went on to develop a forensic knowledge of popular music, wrote a critically acclaimed book about Nick Drake and with Rachel Schouten was a key part of the creation of the Shoetown Sound at N Live.
The service featured a eulogy from Nathan’s sister Julia Wilmot, who reflected on Nathan’s devotion to Facebook and read Roads Go Ever On from the Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, which was one of Nathan’s favourite pieces of writing.
The Nick Drake track Riverman was also played and mourners left to the tune Music Was My First Love by John Miles.
Nathan passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on March 8, aged 46.
Donations in memory of Nathan are for the MIND – Northampton Branch.
N Live’s Steve Scoles attended the service: “It was a lovely, simple service and very emotional to see the number of lives Nathan touched. I know that there were others who weren’t able to attend. Nathan’s passing is a great loss to a great number of people and we feel privileged to have known him at N Live.”