Nostalgic concert leaves audience ‘beaming’
AN ORCHESTRA and singer entertained over 200 pensioners at a Wartime Memories Tea Time Concert.
The Misbourne Symphony Orchestra and singer, Kathryn Oxley, provided a tea time treat for senior citizens on Saturday, April 18 in the Kings Church, Raans Road in Amersham.
The musicians played songs and tunes commemorating the centenary of the First World War and the 70th anniversary of VE Day.
The event had been made possible by a community grant of £675 from Chiltern District Council and the authority’s chairman, councillor Noel Brown, was present to lend his support.
Misbourne Symphony Orchestra’s conductor, Richard Jacklin, said: “We are delighted by the wonderful local support for this special concert and have been overwhelmed by the audience’s response to the music – it is true that music unlocks memories.”
Many of the audience hailed from residential homes, church groups and social clubs in the Amersham area. They waved flags and joined in with the singing, as the orchestra played wartime classics such as Calling All Workers, Sailing By and Pomp and Circumstance.
Amersham Museum played its part in evoking a wartime atmosphere. Museum volunteers chatted to the audience about their 1940s memories and provided a picture quiz about Amersham’s wartime past.
Tania Shabaj, who accompanied a group from Pratt House Abbeyfield Care Home in Quill Hall Lane, Amersham. said: “The residents at Pratt House thoroughly enjoyed it and they were still beaming when they got home.”
Cristina Marginean, who also accompanied the group, added: “The concert inspired lots of memories for people.”
Trustee of the orchestra, Julia Hughes-Morgan, said: “Dressed in a vintage 1940s RAF suit, Kathryn Oxley sang medleys by Ivor Novello and Vera Lynn – and the audience couldn’t resist singing along to them too.”
Kathryn Oxley is a singer and violinist specialising in classical concert repertoire and memory lane concerts of songs from the 30s to the 50s.