Nos­tal­gic con­cert leaves au­di­ence ‘beam­ing’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PEOPLE IN PICTURES -

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.

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