A Christmas Entertainment

Location: St Mary's Church, Luton LU1 3JF
St Mary’s Church, Luton

This last concert in our series will be a seasonal celebration of our 2023 programme. In final recognition of our theme for this series of concerts – The Ties between Pupil & Teacher – I have invited a young saxophone quartet, Opus Sax, currently studying at London’s Trinity Laban Conservatoire, led by Amadea Topalli. A former pupil of mine from here in Luton, she is now halfway through her degree at Trinity and illustrates all that is excellent about the musical education here in Bedfordshire. Continuing in that spirit of celebration I have also invited cellist Caroline Ridout to join us. For many years she was one of the legion of fine instrumental teachers who have helped the youngsters in Luton to achieve such exceptional musical standards; she is also the mother of Timothy and Rachel Ridout, two remarkable young musicians who have performed for us here at the music club in previous seasons. Completing this wonderful array of talent will be a long-standing friend of Luton Music, pianist Lucy Parham, who will be joined by actor Robert Glenister in an excerpt from her biographical portrait of Sergei Rachmaninov in this 150th anniversary year, Elégie – A Heart in Exile. There will be mince pies, mulled wine and even a raffle – please join us for a most enjoyable end to the season!

Richard Sisson (Programme Planner)

The programme will include:

Mick Foster – Saxophone Quartet No.1

Sergei Rachmaninov – Prelude in C sharp minor, Elégie

Gabriel Fauré – Elégie for cello and piano

Piotr Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker Suite


Lucy Parham
Robert Glenister
Opus Sax

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