Concert bulletin for ex-newsman

The River Eau, Scotter. Coun Chris Underwood-Frost pictured as the Environment Agency start work to clear rubbish and silt from the river to help stop the flooding risk to the village.
The River Eau, Scotter. Coun Chris Underwood-Frost pictured as the Environment Agency start work to clear rubbish and silt from the river to help stop the flooding risk to the village.

FORMER TV newsreader Geoff Druett will be joined by baritone David Lewis and pianist Timothy Raymond at tomorrow’s lunchtime concert at the library.

Geoff has been in TV for many years and used to present the magazine programme Calendar with Richard Whiteley.

As a TV political correspondent, he interviewed Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, John Major and other leading figures at Westminster.

Geoff’s work with Channel 4 took him to Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Romania, India and Africa.

David Lewis was born in the Swansea valley and studied at the Welsh College of Music and Drama before joining the chorus of Glyndebourne Opera. He was a member of Opera North from 1981-2010, playing many roles and taking part in the recording of Walton’s Troilus and Cressida under the late Richard Hickcox.

He is in great demand as a soloist. These days he spends much of his time providing music therapy for people with a wide range of mental illnesses.

For the last three years he and Geoff Druett have been taking the healing power of music to young traumatised Romanians who have lived all their lives in state institutions.

Dr Timothy Raymond is a distinguished pianist, organist and composer, equally at home as soloist and accompanist.

For many years Dr Raymond was head of modern composition at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

His most recent orchestral work was premiered recently on Radio 3 in a performance by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

His recent organ compositions have been performed at the Antwerp Festival in Belgium.

This is his debut at a Scarborough lunchtime concert and he says there is no truth in the rumour that he is only here because Geoff Druett told him about organiser Maria Billington’s sherry trifle.

Tomorrow’s concert is due to start at 12.30pm.

Admission is by donation on the door.