Welcome to the 40th Season of
Music at Leamington Hastings
Dear Music Lover,
It gives me great pleasure that our concert series is now in its 40th year, and after our setback last year, we are back in All Saints Church Leamington Hastings, where the concerts were started by Ray Law all those years ago.
Since 2005 the team of people who bring the concerts to you has been led by Peter and Mary-Grace Ogilvie. They are taking a back seat now, and I would like to thank them for the tremendous efforts put in by them both, particularly so for last year, when a tremendous effort was needed to switch the concerts to a new location, and Peter “led the charge”. Not only that, we must thank them for hosting a wonderful summer evening of words and music at their home in the July concert. From this year onward I am taking over from Peter and Mary-Grace, though I am glad to know they will still be there to help and advise.
Now, looking ahead, the season begins on the 7th of May with a piano recital by Cédric Tiberghien. Cédric accompanied Alina Ibragimova in 2009, when his superb musicianship was widely admired by the audience. This year he appears as a soloist in a pogramme of Beethoven, Schumann, Debussy, and Ravel.
The rest of the annual programme, as you can see from the facing page, has been chosen to provide a varied programme of classical music.
The Patrons of Music at Leamington Hastings help us every year (around April) to choose the programme from a list of choices. Patrons play an important role in guiding us in this manner, and their encouragement and support in other ways is valued greatly by all of us who work to organise the concerts. I would also encourage anyone with a view on future programmes to let me know about it. My experience of the last year is that we are fortunate to have an audience who actually does feel involved and have sent many words of concern and encouragement. My sincere thanks to you all for that.
We must also applaud the efforts of the PCC , chaired by the Vicar, Jane Close, supported by Brian Cooke, and all of the various parties they co-ordinated, to get the church ready by Christmas and our final concert of the year.
Finally, I would like to give special thanks to all of the people who have contributed so much to the smooth running and success of the concerts. By way of saying farewell, Mary-Grace and Peter, have added their note of thanks in the letter overleaf.
From Peter and Mary-Grace
We would like to thank most warmly all those who have enabled the concerts to continue during 2010; and in particular the Rev.Tim Cockell and the people of St Marks Bilton, for generously offering use of their church and parish centre, and Mr Huw Marshall, Headmaster of the Crescent School, for providing additional parking.
All the people listed below have contributed to the smooth running and success of the concerts during 2010, in spite of all the odds! We are most appreciative of all they have done.
David Potts, Heather Hemelryk, Valerie Smith and Karen Hatch.
We are enormously grateful to our patrons, for their participation and financial support.
They are listed on the back page. except for those wishing to remain anonymous.
Valerie & David Smith and Kay Reeve for photographs
Sue and John Middleton for strawberries and mulled wine and more
Martin Jackson for programme notes
Adrian Allen for auditing accounts and organising the car parking team;
Zinnia Allen, Barry Hutchinson, Lars Maynard, Steve Gee, Nick Turner,
David Turner & Eugene Dixon.
David Smith and Gordon Smith, Maurice Greenaway and Wallace McCurdie
for outside lighting and setting up the church
Rachel Hemelryk for skilled page turning and more
Ray & Brenda Law, Gwyn Davy, Ann Molyneaux, Ann Coulson,
Jenny and Alan Broadbent, Rose Hull, Joan Elliott, Jill Ayres, Sandra &
Graham Rice , Di Weaver for their ready help on various fronts
Jeannie Williamson, Valerie Drake, Chris Dagnall, Ann Lewins,
Josie Rayle & Sue Middleton for flower arranging.
Many thanks to you all, it has been a pleasure working with you.
With every good wish for 2011,