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.

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 – violin

Alan Thorogood – violin

Nicholas Turner – viola

Fran Freer – cello

Anna Le Hair – piano

The Icknield Ensemble is a Hertfordshire based group and was formed by the members of the Icknield Piano Trio,  Anna Le Hair, Arwen Newband and Sarah Boxall, to perform chamber music works which require more musicians in various different combinations. Some of these works for larger groups are amongst the most exciting and beautiful in the repertoire. The members of the Icknield ensemble aim to produce dynamic and beautifully crafted performances with impeccable musicianship.

They are delighted to be performing once again at Trunch, where past performances have included Brahms and Mozart Piano Quartets, the Schubert “Trout” Quintet and  the Vaughan Williams piano quintet.

The Icknield Piano Trio has performed the opening recital in the London Piano Trio Festival, and both the Trio and larger Ensemble perform frequently in and around London and the home counties.

The performance will took place inside St. Botolph’s Church in Trunch. The audience were seated with the required government social distancing. 

Tickets £15 were available from Trunch Corner Stores, or by phone 01263 722072. 

All concert proceeds were 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.