The 2016 Annual Lunch was held at the Ellenborough Park Hotel, Cheltenham on Monday 25 January and was attended by forty two members and friends, including our President, Ian Venables.
English Music Festival On Saturday 29 May, members and friends from Cheltenham travelled by coach to Dorchester-on-Thames to hear an evening concert in the Abbey. where the City of London Choir and the Holst Orchestra were conducted by Hilary Davan Wetton. A wonderful performance of Bliss’s Pastoral: Lie Strewn the White Flocks was enthusiastically applauded by the audience as the conductor waved his score aloft. An extra bonus was the afternoon talk on the life and achievements of Ivor Gurney given by our President Ian Venables.
The AGM Concert was held on Saturday 9 July at St. Andrew’s Church, Cheltenham. Pianist Maria Marchant’s programme by British composers included the Bliss Triptych, Holiday Diary (Britten), Peter Grimes Fantasy (Stevenson), Toccata (Holst) and Caprice (Venables). A pre-concert talk was given by Andrew Burn, Chairman of the Bliss Trust.
For a review of the concert by Roger Jones for Seen and Heard International, click HERE