THIS small but beautiful Norman church was packed to capacity as locally-based professional musicians came together to raise funds for
THIS small but beautiful Norman church was packed to capacity as locally-based professional musicians came together to raise funds for its upkeep.
The performers included Richard Simpson, lead oboist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra who studied with the late Sydney Sutcliffe at the Royal College of Music, and Jeremy Kenyon, countertenor, who recently completed a postgraduate degree at the Royal Academy of Music and performs as a soloist and with world-class choirs, including the Monteverdi Choir.
Katie Sharp also played. She is a violinist who completed her first-class honours degree at the Royal Academy of Music and has a busy career playing such venues as the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall. She also travels the world performing with pop stars like Elton John and Kylie Minogue.
Flautists Julia Bentley Dawkes and Victoria Dawkes (sisters-in-law) play together as Flutiful at venues as diverse as Windsor High Street to Birmingham NEC and Olympia in London.
Beryl Williams was our accompanying pianist who stepped in when Janet Simpson (principal keyboard player with the Halle Orchestra) could not do it, and did an amazing job, considering the diversity of the music, from Bach and Handel to Sullivan and Ian Clarke. Beryl studied at the Royal Academy of Music and now teaches piano. Alex Green was our final performer who is in his final year at William Borlase’s school and hopes to study music technology at University. He played his guitar and sung some of his own compositions as well as numbers from Johnny Cash and The Rolling Stones.
This was an amazing evening of music which was enjoyed by all.