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Family concert in memory of wife
A FORMER choirmaster and organist at Salisbury Cathedral is returning to Wiltshire with his daughters to give a concert in memory of his wife and their mother.
Dr Michael Smith was at the cathedral from 1967 to 1974.
His wife Marian died ten years ago and he and his daughters Rachel and Laura will perform in a Musical Soirée at Holy Trinity Church in Bowerchalke on Saturday.
It will raise money for Salisbury Hospice, where Mrs Smith was cared for before she died.
Mrs Smith was well known for her work as a piano teacher at the family’s cottage in The Close, and was a member of the Salisbury Musical Society and the Farrant Singers.
Rachel, who was born in Salisbury, has a music degree from Cambridge and is a much sought-after producer of classical music CDs for several major recording companies.
Laura, an Oxford graduate in music, is a concert artists’ manager based in Cambridge.
The sisters are both keen pianists, play the cello and violin respectively, and perform with various choirs and orchestras.
The Bowerchalke concert, which starts at 6pm, will include some well-known songs, piano duets, and various combinations of strings and piano in works ranging from popular classics to improvisation and jazz numbers.
Tickets at £8 for adults and £4 for children may be reserved in advance by calling 01722 780280 or 01722 780451, or purchased on the door, subject to availability.
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