Moving tribute to a wonderful lady

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REVIEW: Martin Roscoe, Alnwick Castle Guest Hall, Thursday, September 12.

On Thursday, September 12, Alnwick Castle Guest Hall hosted a concert by pianist Martin Roscoe in celebration of the life of one of Alnwick Music Society’s senior members, Myra Armistead.

The concert was the suggestion and promotion of Myra’s husband Ken.

Myra died on April 1 and will be much missed, since she did so much to foster the work of the music society, not least arranging the concerts for each year.

Her contacts with artists and agents enabled the society to keep up its high standard of programmes with musicians of international standing.

The concert was well attended and Martin Roscoe gave us a programme of works known to be either those Myra played herself or among her favourites.

They were: The first four preludes and fugues from The Well Tempered Clavier; Beethoven’s Opus 110 Sonata; Schubert’s Impromptu D 935; Debussy’s Children’s Corner and two pieces by Chopin, his Nocturne Opus 27/2 and Fantasy Opus 49.

In the foreword to the programme, Ken said: ‘Myra and I both wished that there should be no ‘sad songs’ but only joyous, energetic and vibrant music.’

It certainly was that, and a moving tribute to a wonderful lady.

Martin Gillham