We are deeply saddened at the news of Professor John Starr's death. 

Professor Starr was an Honorary Professor of Health and Ageing at the University of Edinburgh and held a long list of other roles, testament to the knowledgeable, inventive, and cultured person that he was.

Reacting to the news, Playlist for Life founder Sally Magnusson said, "John Starr was an early supporter of Playlist for Life. As a distinguished expert in many fields connected with dementia, his recognition of the beneficial effects of personal music was extremely important to us at a time when nobody else was talking about it. We were delighted to have him on our professional  advisory board. We also very much enjoyed the playlist he sent us - a measure in itself of this multi-faceted man. On behalf of Playlist for Life I offer our condolences to John’s family and hope they know of our warm appreciation of everything he was to us.” 

You can read more about Professor John Starr on the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology website here.

Professor John Starr's playlist:

The Planets Suite by Gustav Holst

I knew nothing about classical music until I heard Mozart's Jupiter symphony during a school assembly at the age of 8 and went out to buy it as my first record. This is what I actually got. 

(Do the) Butterfly by Yellowman

I spent 2 months in Jamaica as a medical student: it opened my eyes and ears to a different life.

If It Wasn't for the Ouses in Between by Gus Elen

Music hall blood runs in my family. We lived in a Victorian terrace in Isleworth and this song brings it all back. 

Krusning from the album Dis by Jan Garbarek

My wife, Claire, bought me a saxophone for my 40th birthday. But I still can't play like this. 

Penderecki's Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima 

I play this every 6 August. It is ultimate catharsis -nothing can follow.