The Roy Abrams Memorial Concert


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.

César Franck – Piano Quintet in F minor
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. 

by W. Shakespeare

FRIDAY 18th JUNE  4pm &  7.30pm
at St.Botolph’s Church, Trunch 

A tale of revenge, love and forgiveness, that is sure to delight audiences of all ages. Classical language combines with live music and choral sea shanties to bring what is thought to be the bard’s final play to life.

For twelve years Prospero, the rightful duke of Milan, has dwelt on an island after his brother Antonio betrayed him and cast him adrift in a small boat. For twelve years he has plotted revenge on those who overthrew him…

THIS IS MY THEATRE is a Sussex based theatre company which was formed in 2016 from talented young actors and musicians. Their first production was Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, performed in 2016 at St Botolph’s Church (South Downs near Steyning). Due to the great popularity of the performance This is My Theatre then toured Sussex and Surrey and haven’t looked back since.
Now THIS IS MY THEATRE with great success tours all over the country and performs in historical places like medieval churches and National Trust venues. In 2020 their tours with Macbeth and A Christmas Carol received a lot of very positive reviews. In December 2020 THIS IS MY THEATRE brought A Christmas Carol  to Trunch and received a very enthusiastic reception.  

What people said about the performance at St Botolph’s in 2020:“It was a truly wonderful and extraordinary performance and a very clever production for such a small team of Actors. ”
“Quality of the acting and the stage production was truly awesome!“
“Such a delightful afternoons entertainment.  What a talented lot the youngsters are!”

“What a fantastic production. Did me a power of good in these gloomy times.”
“We loved the production of A Christmas Carol.  It was so worth  coming out on a cold dark wet night to see. The performers are so talented and the whole performance was slick and clever”

The performance will take  place in  St. Botolph’s Church in Trunch.
The audience will be seated with social distancing of 2 meters. Face Masks must be worn all the time. 

The number of places is limited. Pre-booking only. Tickets – £15.
Tickets are available by phone 01692 402 624 or from Trunch Corner Stores  (t.01263 722072).

All proceeds will be donated to Trunch and Swafield Church restoration projects. 


St Botolph’s Church, Trunch,   North Walsham, Norfolk   NR28 0PS. 

St Nicholas Church, Swafield, North Walsham, Norfolk   NR28 0PG.