SATURDAY 29th May. The Roy Abrams Memorial Concert. 

ICKNIELD ENSEMBLE. Granados, Frank, Dohnanyi, Dvořák

FRIDAY 18th June  THIS IS MY THEATRE (Sussex). The Tempest

SUNDAY 11th July ASHLEY GROTE – Organ Recital. Bach, Purcell, Elgar, Mendelssohn

SATURDAY 24th July THE PANTALOONS THEATRE. Wind in the Willows

SATURDAY 25th Sept RACHEL FRYER, piano. Bach’s Goldberg Variations 

The Roy Abrams Memorial Concert


César Franck, Antonín Dvořák
Saturday 29th May 2021, 7.30pm, 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 last year. 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 has delighted Trunch audiences on many occasions, returns to St Botolph’s  to perform a concert dedicated to Roy Abrams.

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

by W. Shakespeare

Friday 18th June 2021, 4 pm & 7.30pm, St. Botolph’s Church, TRUNCH

A tale of revenge, love and forgiveness, this 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. Theis 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 THIS IS MY THEATRE brought A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens to St Botolph’s  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!“

“What a fantastic production. Did me a power of good in these gloomy times.”
“The performers are so talented and the whole performance was slick and clever”

ASHLEY GROTE – Master of Music at Norwich Cathedral. Organ Recital

Bach, Purcell, Elgar, Mendelssohn

Sunday 11th July 2021, 7.30pm, St. Botolph’s Church, TRUNCH

A varied programme of favourite organ music, including works by J.S. Bach, Buxtehude, Byrd, Purcell, Elgar, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Vierne.

Ashley Grote has held the post of Master of Music at Norwich Cathedral since September 2012. He is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Cathedral music department, directing the boys’ and girls’ choirs in their busy programme of choral services, concerts, broadcasts, tours and recordings. He also directs the Cathedral Chamber Choir, who perform frequent concerts alongside period instrument ensemble Norwich Baroque.
Ashley began his musical life as a chorister at King’s College, Cambridge 1990-1995 and returned there as organ scholar 2001-2004. As organ scholar at King’s, he performed internationally with the world-famous choir and accompanied numerous recordings, radio and television broadcasts including the annual ‘Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols’.

Ashley has subsequently held posts as Organist-in-residence at Tonbridge School (2004-2005), Assistant Organist of Westminster Abbey (2005-2008) and Assistant Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral (2008-2012). Ashley has also been involved in the Edington Music Festival of Music within the Liturgy, first as Organist (2007-2009) and then Festival Director (2010-2012).
Much in demand as a recitalist, he has performed throughout the UK, USA and Europe with recent concerts in Italy, Germany, Finland and Sweden. His first solo disc, of organ symphonies by Louis Vierne, was described by Gramophone magazine as a ‘top-notch recording’, and his more recent recording of popular organ works from Norwich Cathedral has been heard frequently on BBC Radio 2 and Classic FM.
As a composer and arranger of organ and choral works, he has been published by Oxford University Press, Stainer & Bell, and Encore publications.
Away from music, Ashley has run four London Marathons, raising in excess of £60,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital, where his daughter has been a patient since 2014. He is also a keen cook, appearing on the 2018 series of BBC ‘MasterChef’.


Wind in the Willows

Saturday 24th July 2021, 4 pm & 7.30pm,

Join Mole, Ratty, Toad and Badger on a wild adventure filled with motorcar madness, wicked weasels, exciting escapes and plenty of messing about in boats. The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company put their own anarchic spin Kenneth Grahame’s classic countryside caper. Frantically feral fun for the whole family.

The Pantaloons are a vibrant and anarchic theatre company who bring a vital sense of “play” back to classical performance. The Pantaloons aim to recapture an aspect of Shakespeare’s comedies which the modern naturalistic theatre has lost: the riotous energy of the clown. 

“Witty, energetic and accessible” – The Guardian 


1960s Memphis Soul Music

Saturday 7th August 2021, 7.30pm, St. Nicholas’s Church, SWAFIELD

An evening of hand-clapping, foot-tapping, even dancing in the aisle!
The hot 9-piece soul band will be playing 1960s Memphis Soul hits, with some Blues and Motown, as recorded by artists including Otis Redding, The Drifters,  Etta James, Tina Turner, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd and Wilson Pickett
The Mynx Soul Band band traces its origins back to the late 1960’s when six friends were in a successful band in Essex playing Soul Music.  Over the years the members of the band lost touch with one another, but about 7 years ago one of the members initiated a successful search for the other five original members. Two of these had emigrated (one to Jamaica and one to Australia), but the other four original members (John Lane, Derek Haynes, Jonathan George and John Orley) were reunited, and five younger members joined the reformed band.


Bach’s Goldberg Variations / Variations Down the Line

Saturday 26th September 2020, 7.30pm, St. Botolph’s Church, TRUNCH

Pianist Rachel Fryer will perform Bach’s Goldberg Variations with further exciting specially commissioned variations composed by Michael Finnissy, Nicola Lefanu, Alison Kay, Samuel Becker and Julian Broughton.
Rachel Fryer is a sensitive piano player who is known as much for the depth of her musical understanding as her virtuosity.  She studied in the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and The Royal College of Music, where she was awarded a Masters Degree in Advanced Performance. Rachel Fryer is equally at home as a soloist, with an orchestra or as an accompanist and has given recitals throughout the UK, including at Croydon’s Fairfield Hall and as part of ‘Live Music Now!’. Her recordings have been broadcast on Classic FM and on European radio and television and she is Visiting Lecturer in Piano Studies for the East Sussex Academy of Music.

All concert proceeds will continue to be donated to Parish of Trunch Churches conservation and 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 about £40,000 towards these projects. Thanks too to the dynamic Trunch Village Society for its support for publicity.

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