In Loving Memory of David Balfour


The Orchard is saddened by the passing of beloved friend, colleague, and business partner, David Balfour. Since his diagnosis in 2015, David fought MND (motor neuron disease) with courage and positivity. David was passionate about music and dedicated over 20 years to his career in the industry, invigorating the independent music community with his insightful reporting diligence for publications such as Record Of The Day and Music Week. Many are honored to have worked with him during his time at finetunes.

“We all are struggling for words to express how sad we are about David’s passing. Everyone that worked with him at finetunes will remember not only a colleague but a friend. We lost one of the smartest characters in digital music distribution. All of us enjoyed his passion for music, his strategic approach and his perceptive reporting on the future of music. Our condolences and hugs go out to his family.” – Oke Goettlich, founder of finetunes 

The Orchard, alongside finetunes & Phonofile, offers sincere condolences to his family. He will be greatly missed.

If you would like to contribute MND Scotland, the charity that supported David throughout his fight, you can donate here.

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