Coates music in the spotlight

The sixth annual concert organised by Hucknall’s Eric Coates Society will take place tomorrow (Saturday).

The eagerly-awaited event is to be held at Central Methodist Church on Baker Street. It starts at 2.30pm, with the doors open at 2pm.

Tickets, priced at £5, are available from the Central Church, Hucknall Library and Hallmark Cards shop.

The concert will feature the talented and versatile Torkard Ensemble, who will include two Coates pieces in their programme.

These are the famous Dambusters March as an instrumental offering and a choral version of Birdsong at Eventide.

Other items from the ensemble will be Quilter’s Country Dance as well as numbers from Jesus Christ Superstar and Pirates of Penzance, plus Elizabethan Serenade (instrumental), excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, a Phantom of the Opera medley and Bohemian Rhapsody (choral).

Making her second apperance at a Coates concert, soprano Laura Roberts, now a student at the Royal Academy of Music, will perform three items by the Hucknall-born composer as part of her programme.

Also appearing will be Esther Williams, daughter of the new owner of Tenterhill, the house on Duke Street, Hucknall, where Eric Coates lived as a boy.

A student at the Royal Welsh College School of Music, Esther will play the second movement of the Oboe Sonata by Camille Saint-Saens.