Society plays Coates’ classic twice at show

Eric Coates concert
Eric Coates concert

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

‘Calling All Workers’, written 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, Tenter Hill on Duke Street, skilfully played Hummel’s Introduction, Theme and Variations, opus 102, with pianist James Saldivar, before playing Eric Satie’s haunting two-part Gymnopedies on the piano.

Vocalist Steven Goulden, from East Yorkshire, and his piano accompanist, Amy Butler, performed songs from the shows, three operatic arias, as well as with two songs by Coates, ‘Birdsong at Eventide’ and ‘By Mendip Side’.

Amy also performed ‘The Banks of Green Willow’ by George Butterworth, who was killed on the Somme in World War One. The programme ended with a First World War singalong.