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Concerts 2016 in St Botolph's Church, Trunch, North Walsham nr. Norwich, NR28 0PS
High Quality Concerts for many different Tastes

Admission to all concerts by programme, available at the door. £10 (concessions £8) unless otherwise stated.
All concert proceeds will be donated to St. Botolph's Church restoration and maintenance projects.

SATURDAY   30th   APRIL at  7.30 pm


Arwen Newband - Violin
Edmund Booth – Violin
Nick Turner – Viola   
Sarah Boxall – ’Cello        
Nick Mason -  Double Bass
Anna Le Hair - Piano


  • Frank Bridge: Phantasie Trio no. 1 in C minor
  • Vaughan Williams: Piano Quintet
  • Dvořák: Piano Quintet, Op. 81

Anna, who has delighted Trunch audiences on many occasions, returns with a fine ensemble to play two masterpieces embracing the tuneful folk music of Britain and Bohemia.

Frank Bridge was a contemporary of Vaughan Williams and a very fine, if all-too-seldom-performed composer. The young Benjamin Britten found him to be his most inspiring teacher and they shared a lifelong friendship. Bridge was 28 when he wrote this one-movement Phantasie Trio, which is full of wonderful melodies and rich and passionate Romantic exuberance. 

Vaughan Williams was 31 when he wrote the piano Quintet. He had already written some of his famous songs, such as Linden lea and Silent Noon, and it is also full of exuberance and melody, as befits a composer who was still to write ‘The Lark ascending’, Britain’s favourite piece of classical music. This wonderful work is not as often performed as it should be, due to its unusual scoring. 

Dvorak’s Piano Quintet is one of the finest pieces of Romantic chamber music, imbued with the spirit of the famous New World Symphony  and lively Czech folk music.  

Some biographical notes about the performers appear on the page of the concert. Admission to the concert is by programme, £10 (£8 concessions). Programmes can be bought at the door from 40 minutes before the start of the concert. Proceeds are for the on-going restoration projects of St Botolph’s Church, a wonderful ambience for music-making.

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 concerts at St Botolph’s Church, Trunch, enter their 17th season this year. The quality of performances is 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.