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Tuesday, 3 July 2007

Pupils' concert in Parish Church, with distinguished guest

Pupils of all ages joined in making an evening of varied music in Street Parish Church last night. I
shall try to give some account of the concert later, but for now I reproduce something about the surprise guest, Naomi Butterworth, who drove down from London with two cracked ribs specially to be at the concert and to play The Swan from Saint Saens' Carnival of the Animals
as the final item.

I was lucky enough to be invited back to spend the rest of the evening with her and Helen
Lunt, the chief organiser of the concert, and it was fascinating to hear these two cellists and friends of long standing talk about music.

Naomi Butterworth

It is unusual for a musician who works at the level of an orchestra like the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields to be not only an expert cellist, but also a flautist, pianist, double-bass player and jazz- musician! In her early career she toured with John Cleese etc. in the (1960's) Cambridge Footlights, and, also in Cambridge, she was cello tutor to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. She tours Britain as a soloist as well as performing with a number of ensembles, including the Dartington Trio and the Ambache Ensemble, and has made many recordings. She is a professor at London's Trinity College of Music..

Photo of Naomi Butterworth - 51 KB

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