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Scunthorpe & North Lincolnshire Concert Society
Registered Charity No 1012855

History
President
Concert Programmes
Management Committee
General Information
Future Events

History

April 29th 1949 was a significant date in the musical life of Scunthorpe and District. After the Second World War opportunities opened up, for the lover of classical music, to hear the leading orchestras of the day. John Barbirolli was weaving his magic spells with the Hallé Orchestra, and Sheffield and Manchester shared the same programme on most weeks of the concert season.

A group of friends in Scunthorpe attended these concerts in Sheffield and, at the end of the 1948 - 1949 season, arranged for a recital to be given in the Cole Street Hall by Arthur Percival, the then sub-leader of the Hallé, accompanied by a local musician, Dr Stafford. This initial performance in 1949 was the beginning of the Scunthorpe Music Club.

The first Secretary was Ellen (“Nell”) Houghton and singers and instrumentalists such as Owen Brannigan, John Heddle Nash, Joseph Cooper, Allan Schiller, Marisa Robles, Peter Donohue, Anthony Goldstone and the Fitzwilliam Quartet were engaged. The concerts took place in St Lawrence’s Church Hall and the Hallé link continued when Arthur Percival attended the 21st Anniversary Dinner in 1970. In 1971, the co-leader of the Hallé, Martin Milner, gave a violin recital and in 1974 he was the guest speaker at the Silver Jubilee Dinner, when he spoke on the subject “J.B.” For the next season, full membership was £3.00 and single concerts were available from 60p !

In 1976, Nell Houghton retired, and at a celebratory dinner she played part of the Bach Double Violin Concerto with Martin Milner. Mary Hipkins, already a committee member, became the Honorary Secretary. About this time too, some concerts were held at the Grammar School, but in 1988, the Music Club started to use the John Leggott Sixth Form College Hall and one year later change its name to The Scunthorpe and Glanford Concert Society.

In recent years, a combination of performances by national and international artistes, and a steadily growing membership, has created an enriching musical experience. Recitals by Moura Lympany, John Lill, Martin Roscoe, Michael Collins, Ilya Itin, Vladimir Ovchinikov, Leon McCauley, London and Nemo Brass, the Gabrieli Quartet, amongst many others, have attracted regular audiences of over two hundred. In 1994 the Society bought its own concert piano and in 1998 changed its name, yet again, to THE SCUNTHORPE AND NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE CONCERT SOCIETY.

The theme of the 1998 - 1999 Jubilee Season was “Many Happy Returns”. Two years previously, the members had been asked to nominate their favourite performers from the preceding years and a compilation was made of their choices. Emma Johnson and Julius Drake drew their usual capacity audience; our annual concert sponsored by The Countess of Munster Trust was a harpist, Catherine Beynon and soprano Mary-Louise Aitken, followed by nine soloists from the Northern Chamber Orchestra. The Christmas concert was by City Waites, and in the New Year we had a “sell out” for Tasmin Little and Piers Lane. This event was dedicated to the memory of Nell Houghton. Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow - a piano duo who live locally in North Lincolnshire - were followed by Nemo Brass, and the year ended, almost fifty years to the day from the founding of the Society, with Cantamus Choir who included a new work by Andrew Carter that had been commissioned by the Society for its Golden Jubilee. A Jubilee dinner was held at the Wortley Hotel.

The Millennium Season began with Peter Donohue, followed by the Guarneri Trio of Prague, the Belcea String Quartet and Zephyr Winds. The guitarist, Craig Ogden, made a return visit with the flautist, Jonathan Rimmer. Next was the harpist Rachel Bartels and the Bass singer Timothy Mirfin and finally the cellist Richard Jenkinson accompanied, on the piano, by Benjamin Frith.

The Society was thus well set up for the new century and has continued to promote concerts of the highest quality with an array of truly international artistes: Nikolai Demidenko, Ashley Wass, Evgeny Soifertis, The Janacek String Quartet, Marat Bisengaliev, Fine Arts Brass, The Hugo Wolf String Quartet, London Concertante, Leonid Gorokhov and Touchwood Quartet. .

President
The Patron of the Society is John Clugston.
John is the chairman of Clugston Civil Engineering in Scunthorpe,
One time High Sheriff of Humberside, he is currently
Deputy Lieutenant of Lincolnshire.

Concert Programmes

A feature of each of our concerts is the programme. This usually contains extensive notes about each musical item.
These are written by our Chairman, Graham Saunders, who is a Lecturer in Music at the University of Hull.


Management Committee

The Management Committee consists of the following members,
who may be contacted on matters relating to the Society.

Joint Presidents Professor & Mrs Brian Newbould
Chairman
Graham Saunders  
Honorary TreasurerMr S N Kavanagh01724 764293
Honorary SecretaryMrs Dena Clatworthy 01652 652037
PublicityMr Michael Nutbrown 01652 632783
Concert Secretary Mr Bob Epton 01652 653534

In 2001, the Society presented the Honorary Secretary, Mary Hipkins, with two bronze statuettes to mark her
twenty five years of work for the Society as Honarary Secretary
.

There are nine additional members of a Management Committee who are elected at the Annual General Meeting.
They have joint responsibility with the officers for the planning of the programme, the publicity, front of house duties
and interval refreshments at the concerts.

General Information

The concerts are held in New Theatre of Invenio Academy 2 Foxhills Road, Scunthorpe, DN15 8LJ

The Society is a member of the National Federation of Music Societies (NFMS)
and participate in the annual meeting of the Yorkshire Network where Music
Societies from the North of England meet to exchange information on available
performers and to plan mini-tours of artistes within the region.

EVENTS 2013 - 2014:

For full details of these concerts click here

Friday 11th October 2013
7.30pm

ALESSANDRO TAVERNA (Piano)
Friday 15thNovember 2013 7.30pm
JACQUIN TRIO
Friday 13th December 2013
7.30pm
BENYOUNES QUARTET
Friday 10th January 2014 7.30pm
JONATHAN DORMAND ('Cello)
MARIS GUPTA (Piano)
Friday 14th February 2014
7.30
CHLOË HANSLIP (Vioin)
DANNY DRIVER (Piano)
Friday 14th March 2014
7.30
GALLIARDA - BRITANNIA TRIUMPHANS
Friday 25th April 2014
7.30
BERKELEY ENSEMBLE

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