Under-pressure music boss threw himself under train at Poynton station
Peter Devine March 06, 2013
A distinguished Manchester opera production manager died after jumping in front of a train.
Glynn Davies, 45, was killed instantly after being struck by the Manchester to Bristol train, which was travelling through Poynton station in Cheshire at 85mph.
Father-of-three Mr Davies, of Garners Lane, Davenport, worked for 10 years at Manchester’s Library Theatre before moving to the Royal Northern College of Music in 2002.
The inquest, at Macclesfield town hall, was told by his wife, Eleanor Ford, that her husband had suffered ‘burn out’ as a result of his commitment to work, which had led to anxiety and depression.
Hazel McDougall, a work colleague of Mr Davies, said he had spoken to her shortly before the incident at Poynton when he had simply said ‘goodbye’.
She added: “He once told me that if he killed himself he would throw himself in front of a train.”
A post mortem examination carried out on Mr Davies showed he had died of multiple injuries which were consistent with being hit by the train.
A jury returned a verdict that Mr Davies took his own life after experiencing depression but while the balance of his mind was disturbed.
Coroner Nicholas Reinberg said: “We have heard that Mr Davies had a very demanding job in his perception and his family’s perception and he had difficulty making this balance between work and family.
“The problem became extreme burn-out where Mr Davies would sink to depths of depression and then just spark out on the floor or on the settee.”
After the inquest Mrs Ford said: “Glynn was both a loving husband and father to our three children. We are all so proud of the way in which he battled his illness for so long.”
In a tribute RNCM stage manager Mel Purves said: “Over the last 10 years of his life Glynn was responsible for successfully delivering all technical aspects of over 24 opera productions.
“He was enormously proud of this achievement most notable for the part he played in the 2005 production of Rossini’s Cenerentola, and its subsequent successful win of ‘best opera’ at that year’s Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards.
“The infectious pride that Glynn displayed in his contribution towards performance at the RNCM is mirrored across the venue’s team, and to his credit since his premature death, this remains the case. I suspect that, in time, this may emerge to be a lasting legacy left by our exuberant, eccentric and much missed colleague.”
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