Eaton & Cringleford

Let there be music

Aaron Penfold
Sep 3, 2013 3 mins read

Music lovers will no doubt be eagerly anticipating the return of the Eaton Concert Series next month, with a season of classical recitals and concerts to be held at St Andrew’s Church between October 6, 2013 and May 4, 2014.

The Eaton Concert Series was the inspiration of David Storey and his wife Elaine. Their aim was to provide high calibre concerts given by professional and semi-professional musicians for the residents of Eaton at affordable prices.

Having two sons, both of whom were brought up in Eaton and who are now professional musicians – Andrew Storey will be performing on May 4, 2014 and graces the cover of this issue – meant that they had a wealth of musical connections and talent to tap into.

In 2009, the couple left Norwich and the concert series is now run by a team of organisers, including Gill Seaton.

“This will be my fifth year as co-organiser of the Eaton Concert Series,” she said.

“It was a huge privilege to take on such a well established concert series with a loyal following. We have continued to invite back regular musicians who have contributed over the years, as well as introduce new artists.

“This year is special as it will be the last year co-organisers Gerald Cooke and Don Ray, both from Eaton, will be involved – both Gerald and Don have been involved with the concert series since its inception in 2000.

“I am really excited about our new season of concerts and hope we will continue to get the support of our regular audience as well as attracting new blood. We need the continued support of our audience in order for the concert series to thrive, but I am proud that we have managed to continue putting on concerts at bargain prices! We are also grateful to Arnolds Keys of Eaton for sponsoring this season’s concerts.”

This season kicks off with the Aristos Wind Quintet, which features local man Jeremy Foster, on October 6.

Aristos was formed by students at London’s Trinity College of Music in 1999.

Their principal aim is to take the core wind quintet repertoire and breathe fresh life and vitality into a genre distinctly underplayed during the last 50 years. Performances of works such as Francis Poulenc’s ‘Babar the Elephant’ and Luciano Berio’s Opus No Zoo have taken the wind quintet genre to children as well as adults.

This programme will feature four members of Aristos with pianist Sheila Cornall and will include movements from Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds, Divertissement by Jean Françaix, Beethoven’s Theme and Variations on ‘La ci darem la mano’ and Serenata by Rudolf Maros.

Over coming issues we will bring you more details on the following month’s concerts, including former St Andrew’s Church organist and current conductor of the Eaton Parishes Choir and Orchestra, Neil Ricketts, who will perform with guest artists Jubilate! and oboe player Cathy Ross on January 5, 2014.

Andrew Storey and Viv McLean also make a welcome return visit to St Andrew’s marking the end of this season’s concerts.

Performances start at 3pm on the first Sunday of each month at St Andrew’s Church. Admission is on the door and costs £7 for adults, £3.50 for students and children are free. For more information visit, or call 01603 705022.

St Andrew's Church

St Andrew’s Church


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