ENTHUSIASTIC, smiling and happy patrons walked out of the Central Methodist Church in Hucknall last Saturday, singing the praises of the experience of the very latest Eric Coates Society Concert (SEE PAGE 18).
Their praises were for the highly impressive performances of international concert pianist Haruko Seki (pictured) and Laura Roberts, a principal soprano with the Cantamus Choir who, along with pianist Michael Neaum, rendered the three recently discovered ballads of Coates from 1906 to a waiting and appreciative audience.
Consequently, may I thank Central Methodist, the patrons, performers, Coates Society committee members — Ian Stevenson and Harry Smith, the Goddan family, and Joel, Gill and Alan Sanders — and the Press for their outstanding support.
Haruko provided an amazing musical spectacular, performing pieces written for orchestra, with great dexterity, fingers often a blur. Laura’s maturing ability is outstanding, singing the Coates ballads with sympathetic sensitivity and emotion.
As the fourth consecutive sell-out concert, Hucknall can be justifiably proud of the efforts by the society to inform, entertain and maintain the memory of Hucknall’s — and one of the nation’s — favourite composers.
Eric Coates Society.