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Originally conceived in 2008, Butlers Marston Concert Society gave it's inaugural concert in August 2009.  Being in rural Warwickshire, the first challenge was to obtain a piano...  Many may have been daunted by this initial obstacle, but not Lynn! Incredibly her dreams were answered when an anonymous benefactor came forward and offered £2250 to cover the cost of a piano and its removal. Thank you! Following this wonderful act of anonymous generosity,
for which the Butlers Marston Concert Society are extremely grateful (actually over the moon!), a fine Yamaha U3 piano has been duly installed in the church, and Lynn’s idea for a series of first class concerts has become a reality.

The concert society has taken various guises: in the "early years", six chamber music concerts a year were given - always with the warm, inviting atmosphere of Butlers Marston village, and with the churchyard lit up by fairy lights.  Subsequently, BMCS became an annual festival for two years, and now we average around three or four concerts a year.  All the concerts are well attended; programmes are approachable, varied and aim to promote lesser known and/or contemporary works, often inlcuding British music.  The magical fairy lights still illuminate the churchyard!

It is remarkable to contemplate that we are now approaching our tenth anniversary!  We thank our committee members: Matthew Arnold, Jan Bunyan, Christian Hilton and Belinda Roberts for all their help, and indeed Su & Dick Leaper and the PCC of Butlers Marston for making this a reality!

Concerts in 2019 will include those on:
Sunday 5th May 7pm - a recital by the Arnold Ensemble: Jonathan Barritt (viola), Marie Lloyd (clarinet) & Lynn Arnold (piano) with wine tasting!
Sunday 14th July 7pm - 10th Anniversary concert, with three of the four performers returning from our very first concert! Guy Button (violin), Peter Mallinson (viola), Michael Wigram (cello) & Lynn Arnold (piano) 
Sunday 1st September 7pm - a recital for piano duet by Four Hands: Lynn Arnold & Charles Matthews

Concerts in 2018 included those on:
Sunday 25th Feburary 7pm - a recital by Matthew Forbes (cello) & Lynn Arnold (piano)
Sunday 29th April 7pm - a recital for piano duet

Sunday 2nd September 7pm - a recital by Charles Matthews & Lynn Arnold - piano duet
Sunday 28th October 7pm - a recital by Roger Coull (violin) & Lynn Arnold (piano)

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"The Butlers Marston Concert Society is the brainchild of Lynn Carter – outstanding concert pianist, wonderful piano 

teacher and – very lucky for us – super enthusiastic, youthful resident of Butlers Marston. Lynn has 

pulled out all the stops to bring world class music right here to Butlers Marston."

"Last night's concert was just wonderful. Your playing and expertise was a joy, as was the programme. I loved every moment."

Audience member, by email after a concert   

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