MUSIC fans in Bognor Regis will be celebrating their club’s latest anniversary with a celebrity concert this weekend.
The Bognor Regis Music Club members will enjoy the 40th anniversary of its first concert with a performance by Bognor Regis-born violinist Bradley Creswick, accompanied by concert pianist Margaret Fingerhut.
They will be playing a Brahms sonata and scherzo, Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, Sarasate’s Romanza Andalucia and Ravel’s Habanera and Tzigane.
Their concert will take place at 7pm on Sunday at the club’s concert room at 2 Sudley Road.
Club chairman Chris Coote said: “It is fitting that we have invited Bradley and Margaret back to the club for our special anniversary, where they have performed many times together. Membership peaked at 181 in the year 2001 and, in line with many music clubs, has reduced somewhat since then to its current 80 or so.
“The club remains in good heart, however, and concentrates more these days on providing opportunities for local musicians to perform to a sympathetic audience in a beautiful setting with excellent acoustics, ideally suited to the performance of small-scale works.”
The first concert of the Regis Music and Concert Club took place on Sunday, January 22, 1978, to an invited audience at 2 Sudley Road, where the club has since remained. In those days, the audience was told dinner jackets were preferred. Tickets were £2 each.
In 1999, the name was changed to the Bognor Regis Music Club. Between 1979 and 2011, the club was chaired by local dentist Derek Debuse, ably supported by his wife, Gill.
He handed over to Chris Coote in 2011 because of ill-health. The club’s 40 years have seen many famous musicans perform at its meetings.
They have included Tasmin Little, Mark Padmore, Jack Brymer, Emma Johnson and Paul Lewis.
For the anniversary concert, Bradley will be returning to his home town. He was an outstanding member of the West Sussex Youth Orchestra.
He studied at the Royal College of Music and is leader of the Northern Sinfonia. He appeared as a solost with it in the 1989 BBC Proms playing The Lark Ascending. He is relishing the chance to play with Margaret at recitals around the country in a partnership which goes back to their Royal College of Music days.
Margaret is regarded as one of the UK’s most distinguished and poetic pianists. She is a professor of piano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and a visiting tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire.
As a concert pianist, she has appeared at major venues and her CD of encores, Endless Song, was a featured album of the week on Classic FM.
Entry to their concert is £15 on the night to include celebratory canapes and prosecco in the interval. Seats can be reserved by phoning Chris Coote on 01243 773276 or Helen Woods on 01243 861620.