Couple behind Sidmouth fundraising concert

PUBLISHED: 10:23 02 October 2009 | UPDATED: 10:34 18 June 2010

A COUPLE, who set up a memorial fund after their daughter s death, are producing a concert to raise funds to benefit Sidmouth s health services.

A COUPLE, who set up a memorial fund after their daughter's death, are producing a concert to raise funds to benefit Sidmouth's health services.

Sponsored by the Caroline Fellowship, Mike Edgecumbe is producing the concert, to be held at Sidmouth Methodist Church on Wednesday October 7 at 7.30pm, while his wife Joan is among those performing.

Proceeds from the concert will aid Sidmouth Health Centre Equipment Fund and Sidmouth Hospiscare.

The concert will feature solo items and duets by John Brindley and Joan and trumpet performances by Tom Harris. Dorothy Worthington will accompany them on the grand piano.

As well as operatic items, the programme will include well-known songs from stage and screen.

John Brindley returned to singing, after a gap of almost 20 years, after he retired.

He now gives recitals and concerts across East Devon and is a soloist with Budleigh Salterton Male Voice Choir.

A former under secretary of state in the Lord Chancellor's department, he was awarded a CBE in the 1996 Birthday Honours list.

Sidmouth College A-level student Tom Harris was eight when he began learning the cornet and played with Sidmouth Town Band before progressing to flugelhorn player with Tiverton Town Band.

He is now solo cornet player with Lympstone South West Telecoms Brass Band and plays flugelhorn for Devon Youth Brass Band.

He has played trumpet with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and last year won a scholarship to South West Music School.

Joan Edgecumbe is a mezzo-soprano with a life-long love of singing and music.

Since settling in Sidmouth with husband Mike she has sung in various local choirs for more than 30 years.

This year she sang extracts from Handel's Messiah, recorded in front of an audience of over 2,000 people, in St. Paul's Cathedral for BBC Radio 2's broadcast At the foot of the Cross on Good Friday.

Joan is also a local church organist.

Pianist Dorothy Worthington studied with Gordon Green at Royal Manchester College of Music.

She was head of music at Cullompton School and St Margaret's School, Exeter, and in recent years worked with advanced piano students.

She is now a freelance accompanist and musical director, enjoying work with Crediton and Sidmouth Operatic societies, as well as teaching piano privately.

Tickets for Wednesday's concert are £6 from Paragon Books, High Street, Sidmouth Information Centre or on the door, subject to availability.


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