Concert celebrates Eric Coates’ music

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Two versions of a well-known march by Eric Coates were heard at the seventh annual concert in honour of the Hucknall-born composer.

The piece, Calling All Workers, which Coates wrote as a morale-booster in 1940, was played first as a piano solo and then on an old gramophone record during the interval.

Talented oboeist Esther Williams, whose family live in Eric Coates’s childhood home, took part in the concert for the second year running. Esther completed her BMus (Hons) at the Royal Welsh College of Music Conservatoire in July and hopes to gain a Masters in Music degree. She skilfully played Hummel’s Introduction, Theme and Variations, opus 102, in which she teamed up with pianist James Saldivar. Esther then played Eric Satie’s haunting two-part Gymnopedies. Other perfomances took place and the programme ended with a First World War singalong.

The Eric Coates Society organised the concert, which took place at the Central Methodist Church, Hucknall. The event was introduced by Ian Stevenson and performers were thanked by society historian Harry Smith.