1 October 2022 - 3:00 pm

Local Legend Remembered – A concert in memory of Bernard Hall-Mancey

A memorial concert for Bernard Hall-Mancey will take place at The Elgar Concert Hall, University of Birmingham, on Saturday, 1st October at 3.00pm.

For the last four decades, Bernard supported music and the arts in Bromsgrove, including as the Director of Music at Bromsgrove School between 1975 and 1987. Right up until his death in April 2020 after contracting Covid-19, Bernard organised events, concerts, bursaries and competitions in the town, inspiringyoung people to develop their passion for music to the highest standards. Bernard was a true local legend.

Bernard served on the committee of The Orchestra of St. John, Bromsgrove, and this orchestra will honour him at the concert on 1st October with a programme that was close to his heart. Richard Jenkinson will conduct four works, including Vaughan Williams’ Toward the Unknown Region, a piece that Covid-19 restrictions had prevented from being played at Bernard’s funeral. In this piece, the orchestra will be joined by a chorus made up of singers from Barnt Green and Bromsgrove and some of Bernard’s friends from further afield.

The other works in the programme are Elgar’s Symphony No. 2 and In the South (Alassio), and Finzi’s Eclogue for Piano and Strings, with soloist, Julian Hellaby. As senior examiners for the ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music), Bernard and Julian were colleagues and good friends. Julian’s performance as the soloist in the Eclogue is set to be powerful, poignant and personal.

Bernard’s inclusive approach to music-making won him many friends and now his family is proud to invite everyone to his special memorial concert.

Tickets are available in advance from Decanter Spirit, 49 High Street (cash payment only), or online at www.priorbooking.com. Tickets on the door will be subject to availability.

Any proceeds from the concert after costs will be given to the Stroke Association in Bromsgrove