Mayer, Sir Robert
- Felix Aprahamian
(b Mannheim, June 5, 1879; d London, Jan 9, 1985). English music patron of German birth . Son of a wealthy and musical German-Jewish brewer, he entered the Mannheim Conservatory when he was six. He was a gifted pianist, and at the age of 11 was encouraged by Brahms. He became a businessman, however, settling in England in 1896 and becoming a naturalized British subject in 1902. In 1919 he married the singer Dorothy Moulton. Having made his fortune in the metal business in the USA and the City by 1923, he sought to make a lasting contribution to music. His wife’s recollection of a concert for children they had heard in New York decided the form their patronage would take. The first Robert Mayer Children’s Concert (29 March 1923) coincided with a transport strike in London, but the audience (300 for the first concert) grew to ...