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Concert organised by Embsay composer Arthur Butterworth hailed a success
8:00am Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
A spontaneous concert organised by renowned Embsay composer Arthur Butterworth has been hailed a success.
It was held at Skipton’s Christ Church and followed a study day earlier in the summer when 80 amateur musicians responded to a casual invitation to get together to play Elgar’s First Symphony.
Mr Butterworth, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, decided the musicians’ talents deserved a public airing, hence the “spontaneous” concert, which included Elgar’s First Symphony as well as works by Brahms and Sibelius.
Mr Butterworth managed to assemble a full modern orchestra, which filled the width of the building from wall to wall and even pushed forward into where the audience would usually be accommodated.
“The audience was much larger than I had really had a right to expect and so some extra chairs were brought in at the back,” said Mr Butterworth.
“I suppose you could say the evening was a considerable success.”
A collection raised £600 for Manorlands at Oxenhope, where Mr Butterworth’s wife, Diana, was cared for before her death earlier this year.
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