‘World premiere’ of Eric Coates songs at concert

RENOWNED -- concert pianist Haruko Seki, of London, will be one of the main performers at the show
RENOWNED -- concert pianist Haruko Seki, of London, will be one of the main performers at the show

THE ‘world premiere’ of three songs by Hucknall-born composer Eric Coates will shortly take place in the town.

The previously unpublished ballads, gifted by a Devon woman in January, will be sung at the next concert organised by the Eric Coates Society.

The manuscripts have never before been performed in public.

The concert will take place at the Central Methodist Church on Baker Street, Hucknall on Saturday October 6, starting at 2.30 pm.

The songs will be sung by Laura Roberts, principal soprano of the world-famous Cantamus Choir, of Mansfield, and she will be accompanied by well-known pianist and arranger Paul Neaum.

The main performer will be Haruko Seki, an international classical concert pianist from London. A member of the society, she regularly includes music by Coates in her concert programmes, even abroad.

This will be the society’s fourth concert and the previous three have all been sell-outs.

Tickets for the concert are available from Hallmark Cards, of Central Walk, Hucknall, the town’s library on Market Place and Central Methodist Church on Baker Street.

Born in 1986, Eric Coates lived as a boy at Tenter Hill, at the junction of Duke Street and Beardall Street.

This week has seen the first anniversary of a blue heritage plaque being unveiled on an outside wall of Tenter Hill.

Wording on the plaque describes Coates as the ‘uncrowned king of light music’ and says it was at the house where he learned to play the violin and wrote early musical works’.

The society’s president is John Wilson, whose orchestra paid tribute to the Broadway Sound Creators at a memorable BBC Proms concert on Bank Holiday Monday.

Two other high-profile figures have now joined the society. They are conductor and arranger Iain Sutherland and writer, critic and broadcaster Ian Lace.

Another potential new member is Paul Laidlow, conductor of a Scarborough-based orchestra which is 100 years old this month.