On Saturday 7th October 2023 the Elstree Mozart Players Autumn Charity Concert was organised to raise money for Alzheimer’s UK, being charity supported by Andrew Grady, a founder of Elstree Mozart Players, who is this year president of The Rotary Club of the Studios of Elstree and Borehamwood.
The orchestra being set up as a joint venture between Andrew Grady, Derek Holland and Pat Strack, having amongst its ranks many professional, semi-professional and very good amateur musicians, providing high quality classical music concerts around the locality.
The concert was conducted by regular conductor Derek Holland with Andrew Penny MBE as a guest conductor. Mr Penny and his wife are personal friends of Mr Grady, being a former colleague his late mother Mary Grady.
The concert featured music from Sir Arthur Sullivan, Elgar, and Tchaikovsky. The highlight of the concert was a rare performance of Violin Concerto in E minor by York Bowen performed by Peter Bussereau.
We were delighted to welcome our Cllrs Richard Butler Deputy Mayor of Hertsmere Borough Council and the Orchestra’s new President Cllr John Graham, a former Brough Mayor.
Also in attendance was Deputy Mayor of Elstree and Borehamwood Cllr Alpha Collins who gave an inspiring speech at the end of the evening.
The Studio Rotary Club members assisted to present a fantastic classical musical concert working both on the front of house ticket desk as well as providing the refreshments during the evening concert and assisting with setup and take down.
Mr Grady would like to thank all those club members who assisted with the smooth operation of this concert and all those who donated raffle prizes, which raised £380.00 on the night for the Altzheimer’s Society.
This was one of the most successful and best attended jointly run concert the orchestra and club have organised to date.
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