After Syrinx (50th Concert Celebration)

Series: Season 7 2016-2017
Date: Wed 28 Sep 2016 - 6:00pm
Venue: St Mary's Church Hall, Market Square, Sandbach, CW11 1HD

To celebrate fifty concerts in Sandbach, the first artist to perform in this series returns with her trio to present ‘After Syrinx’.

Programme includes seminal works by Fauré, Bax and Debussy.

Lauren Scott – harp, Conrad Marshall – flute & Raymond Lester – viola



5:00pm Pre-concert Early Bird meal at La Casa Mia (not included in the ticket)

Why not make an evening of it and book your pre-concert dinner at La Casa Mia who are kindly helping to sponsor the concert series



6:30pm Doors open

7:00: Spotlight Concert

Music performed by talented young people from Sandbach


7:30 Intermission

Art Exhibition 


raffle in aid of Cancer Research


8:00 Main Concert


Elegiac Trio   Arnold Bax (flute, viola, harp)    
Apres un Reve   Gabriel Faure (viola, harp)  
Syrinx   Claude Debussy (flute) 
Sonata after Syrinx   Richard Rodney Bennett (flute, viola, harp) 
Sonata   Claude Debussy (flute, viola, harp) ​



LAUREN SCOTT is an experienced solo, chamber and orchestral musician based in the North West UK who, over the last 20 years, has worked as guest principal harp with many of the UK's leading orchestras & chamber groups including the RLPO, RSNO, Halle, BBCSSO, CBSO, BBCSO, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia, Psappha and Ensemble Cymru. Passionate about performing in creative chamber groups and projects, Lauren is currently working in duos with soprano Anna-Clare Monk (in 2014 they gave performances with Foden’s Brass Band a mini-opera by Andy Scott at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Glasgow Commonwealth games as part of the PRS New Music Biennial), flutist Clare Southworth, Harp2harp with Eleanor Hudson, and with Andy Scott and Clare Southworth in a flute, saxophone & harp trio; ‘Caliente’. With the late Alison Stephens Lauren established a new repertoire for mandolin & harp with Duo Mandala and their CD "Tapestry", released on the Black Box label, was nominated for Editors Choice by Gramophone magazine. Lauren is also chair of the United Kingdom Harp Association.


CONRAD MARSHALL studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Roger Rostron and Trevor Wye. He graduated winning the Hiles medal for orchestral playing and immediately commenced trialling for second flute in the Halle Orchestra.  Many years of freelancing with The Halle , Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Opera North Orchestras followed along with extensive touring with the Northern Ballet Orchestra and the Orchestra of English National Ballet.

For over twenty years he has been Principal Flute of the Northern Chamber Orchestra – Buxton festival’s resident opera orchestra – and as well as frequent performances as concerto soloist, has appeared on many of the thirty  recordings the NCO has made for Naxos. Since 2001 he has been a member of the leading contemporary ensemble ‘Psappha’.  Psappha are ensemble in residence at Manchester University and have played widely in The UK including a BBC proms appearance and recently at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House with Phoenix Dance Theatre. They have toured to North and South America, Australia, Spain and Portugal and most recently in June 2013, to the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, taking part in both concerts and workshops with the Academy’s composition students. Conrad is principal flute of both the Manchester Concert Orchestra and the National Festival Orchestra and visiting flute tutor at the University of Sheffield.


Since leaving the Royal Northern College RAYMOND LESTER has pursued a busy and varied performing career playing viola with many of the UKs leading symphony and chamber orchestras taking him as far afield as Japan, South America and the Seychelles . Performing with many diverse artists such as Pinchas Zukerman, Charles Dutoit and Sting. He also performs widely as a chamber musician in many ensembles and string groups, playing in venues and festivals such as the Edinburgh Festival, Three Choirs Festival, and the Wigmore Hall. Raymond also worked for several years with the Society for the Promotion of New Music working with younger composers to help them hear their works performed which has led to a passion for new and rarely performed works.