A Christmas Warmer!

Next Concert: Friday 3rd December 6pm

Four Hands: Lynn Arnold & Charles Matthews (piano duet)
a selection of Christmas favourites -
from parts of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite and works by Vaughan Williams, Reinecke & Mendelssohn,
to much loved carol arrangements and jazz standards.


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Thank you for your support, and wishing you all the best, 
The BMCS Committee

G&T Concerts in 2020 included those on:
Friday 18th September 6pm - a recital by Peter Mallinson (viola) and Lynn Arnold including works by Bach, Beach, Purcell-Warren and Franck.
Friday 16th October 6pm - a recital by piano duet Lynn Arnold & Charles Matthews including works by Beethoven, Tovey, Dvorak and Mendelssohn.
Friday 18th December 6pm - a selection of Christmas repertoire and favourites with Lynn Arnold

During 2021:
Friday 15th January 6pm - a recital by Four Hands: Lynn Arnold & Charles Matthews for piano duet
Friday 26th February 9pm - a Cocoa Concert of Bach's Goldberg Variations BWV 988
Friday 26th March 6pm - Peter Mallinson (viola), Emily Cockbill (oboe) and Lynn Arnold (piano) play trios by Telemann, Kludghardt, Kahn and more!
Friday 23rd April 6pm -  a recital by the Warwick Piano Trio: Roger Coull (violin), Nick Roberts (cello) and Lynn Arnold (piano) of Beethoven Op 1 No 1 and Arensky's D minor piano trio
Friday 21st May 6pm - a recital by the Arnold Ensemble: Marie Lloyd (clarinet), Jonathan Barritt (viola) and Lynn Arnold (piano) of Mozart, Bruch and more!
Sunday 11th July 3:30pm - a recital in the Church of St Peter & St Paul by Peter Mallinson (viola) and Lynn Arnold (piano) of Tabakova, Beach and Clara Schumann.


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 have now celebrated 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, Malcolm & Mabel Carter and the PCC of Butlers Marston for making this a reality!

Concerts in 2020 will include those on:
Sunday 5th April 7pm - a recital by Four Hands: Lynn Arnold & Charles Matthews - piano duet works by Vaughan Williams, Walton, Maconchy and more!
Sunday 17th May 7pm - a recital by the Warwick Piano Trio: Roger Coull (violin), Nicholas Roberts ('cello) & Lynn Arnold (piano), who are joined by Melanie Ragge (oboe) - programme to include works by Beethoven, Martinu, Arensky and Brahms.
There are more concerts in the pipeline...details to be released by end of January 2020!

Concerts in 2019 included 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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