2021 SEASON OPENING

The Roy Abrams Memorial Concert

ICKNIELD ENSEMBLE

César Franck, Antonín Dvořák

Saturday 29th May 7.30 pm
With social distancing
in St.Botolph’s Church, Trunch

Cellist and Conductor Roy Abrams started TRUNCH CONCERTS in 1997. He retired to Trunch having been a professional musician and teacher.  Seldom will a retired musician give up playing for good and he therefore sought the opportunity to work with the local community to promote concerts in an historic Norfolk Church. To enable this to happen, he even put his own grand piano in St Botolph’s. From small beginnings with musical friends and playing three concerts a year, TRUNCH CONCERTS became an important part of cultural life in North Norfolk.  Thanks to Roy, since 1998 the concerts have raised about £40,000 towards restoration of the church. Roy Abrams continued to be involved in TRUNCH CONCERTS for 22 years until his death in December 2019. He contributed his ideas, knowledge, humour and his encouraging support. Roy did his famous conclusions for almost all the TRUNCH CONCERTS, the last time being in August 2019. He was a lovely, genuine, talented person and knew how to make the most of life.
The Icknield Ensemble with its leader pianist Anna Le Hair, who was invited by Roy Abrams to St Botolph’s many times and delighted Trunch audiences on many occasions,  returns to perform a concert dedicated to Roy.
PROGRAMME:
César Franck – Piano Quintet in F minor
Interval
Antonín Dvořák – Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major
Piano Quintet No. 2 was one of Roy’s favourite pieces of music. It’s an expressive and spirited mixture of Dvořák’s lyricism with elements from Czech folk music.
The Icknield Ensemble:
Arwen Newband and Alan Thorogood – violins
Nicholas Turner – viola
Sarah Boxall – cello
Anna Le Hair – piano
The performance will take place inside St. Botolph’s Church in Trunch. The audience will be seated with the required government social distancing. Masks must be worn all the time.
The number of places is limited. Pre-booking only. Tickets – £15.
Tickets will be available from Trunch Corner Stores, or by phone 01263 722072.
All concert proceeds will be donated to Trunch and Swafield Church restoration projects.

The TRUNCH CONCERTS at St Botolph’s Church, Trunch and St Nicholas Church, Swafield, enter their 27th season this year

All concert proceeds will continue to be donated to restoration and conservation projects for the churches of Trunch, Swafield and Bradfield. The Church and community would like to thank both the audiences and the performers for their generosity. Since 1998 the concerts have raised over £30,000 towards these projects.

Thanks too to the dynamic Trunch Village Society for its support for TRUNCH CONCERTS.

Performers reserve the right to change their programmes from those indicated in the brochure or website.
The organising team will take reasonable steps to give notice if any concert has to be postponed or cancelled. Please check this website for up to date information closer to the dates of the concert.

Testimonials

In June 2019 THIS IS MY THEATRE brought Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet to St Nicholas Church (Swafield) and received a very enthusiastic reception.
What people said about the performance at St Nicholas in Swafield:
“Many congratulations on that wonderful evening last night.  By far the best theatre experience I have ever had, completely encompassing and at one with the medieval church. We both felt overcome by it. Thank you!”
“Thanks to you for another enjoyable evening!  I had to keep dodging the daggers from my prime position in the pews! And the music really added to the experience. The actors were all well trained. (I think Romeo actually really loved Juliet in real life!) …  It was as close as I will ever get to a stage play again unless you all put on another one !! Please do!“
Since 2014 St Nicholas Swafield has come under the auspices of St Botolph’s Church, Trunch.

Your support for the concerts and events helps to keep St Botolph’s standing.
One of Norfolk’s finest churches, it is a uniquely beautiful building both for worship and music-making.

  • In 2005 the tower was secured from splitting.
  • In 2010 the chancel roof was repaired.
  • The historic 1808 Wm Gray organ was restored in 2011.
  • In 2014 winter cloakroom facilities were installed.

The quality of performances at St Botolph’s Church are now very high indeed, increasingly attracting audience from beyond the local vicinity.

All concert proceeds will continue to be donated to St Botolph’s Church restoration projects. The Church and community would like to thank both the audiences and the performers for their generosity. Since 1998 the concerts have raised over £20,000 towards these projects. Thanks too to the dynamic Trunch Village Society for its support for publicity.

Performers reserve the right to change their programmes from those indicated in the brochure or website. The organising team will take reasonable steps to give notice if any concert has to be postponed or cancelled. Please check this website for up to date information closer to the dates of the concert.

Admission to all concerts by programme, available at the door. Prices £12.00 (£10 concessions) unless otherwise stated. All concert proceeds will be donated to St. Botolph’s Church restoration and maintenance projects.

St Botolph's, TrunchThe proceeds from the concerts go to restoration projects at St Botolph’s, one of Norfolk’s finest churches. Musicians give their services very generously in the knowledge of that they too are contributing to the upkeep of this spiritual, architectural and acoustic gem.

In 2005 the tower was secured from splitting. In 2010 the chancel roof was repaired. In 2011 the historic organ was restored ( read about Trunch organ restoration. Cloakroom facilities were installed in 2014.

St Botolph’s ChancelYou can download the very interesting and detailed document “A history of the Chancel” which was written by the late Anne Horsefield in 2009 to satisfy a requirement of English Heritage.