Autumn Concert 2019

The Robert Bouffler Music Trust and Rotary Club of the Oxted and Limpsfield Charitable Trust are joining forces for an Autumn Concert on Saturday 12th October at 7pm.

The concert will be held at the United Reformed Church, Bluehouse Lane, Oxted, and tickets are available through the link below, or on the door.

Tickets are £15 adults & £10 for under 18s and includes nibbles and a soft drink or glass of wine.

Come along and support these fantastic young musicians, and please do spread the word and share this post with your friends who live locally to Oxted!

Tickets are available on this fundraising page.

Stephen Aviss and Friends October 2018

The Trust were invited by the Bluehouse Festival to present a concert at the United Reformed Church in Oxted on Sunday 21 October 2018. “Stephen Aviss and Friends” enabled Bouffler Young Musicians performed alongside our professional musician Trustees, Stephen Aviss and Nadine Andre.

Reigate & Redhill Festival winner of the 2018 Bouffler Piano prize, Bachir, started the concert with an assured account of Khatcharurian’s Toccata, followed by an amusing piece by Hubert Leonard “The Donkey and the Driver”, played with great feeling and humour by Matty. Freya sang and accompanied herself most stylishly in “Skyscrapers”, a piece she herself wrote at a New York summer camp she attended in August. Matty returned, on piano this time to give a rousing account of Chopin’s Military Polonaise. Nadine played Ravel’s Jeux D’eau most sensitively, one of Robert Bouffler’s favourite pieces. Stephen concluded the first half by bringing laughter to the audience with his topical and cleverly written List Song from Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado.

The high standard was maintained in the seond half with Heather’s beautiful harp playing. She played Handel’s first Toccata, and an impromptu by Gliere. Luca sang two pieces from the world of musical theatre with great passion and feeling; “If I can’t love her” from Beauty and the Beast” and “So In Love” by Cole Porter. Seb, accompanied by his Mum played the challenging Romanze from Wieniawski’s 2nd violin concerto, with great poise. Matty returned to the piano and exquisitley played the exciting Allegro de Concierto by Granados. Stephen again had the audience smiling with the uplifting “O Sole Mio”. Chopin again next with the Grande Waltz from Nadine who had also accompanied Matty, Luca and Stephen with great sensitivity. Stephen completed the evening with some assistance from the audience in Flanders & Swann’s The Hippopotamus Song. The audience left with smiles on their faces having enjoyed a varied and thoroughly enjoyable evening of live music.

The Trust are most grateful to the Bluehouse Festival for this opportunity to show their Young Musician’s talents, and for making it a financially and musically rewarding concert for the Trust.

Youth+Music

The Robert Bouffler Music Trust and the United Reformed Church Oxted presented an evening of music performed by local young musicians on Thursday 15th February 2018, at the United Reformed Church, Bluehouse Lane, Oxted.  The church has recently taken delivery of a new piano, and the Trustees were delighted to have been asked to participate in a concert to celebrate the arrival of the new piano. 

The performers were a mixture of local musicians, along with young musicians associated with the Robert Bouffler Music Trust.  The quality of the playing was of a very high standard and was much appreciated by the audience.  Apart from displaying the delights of the new piano, the audience were treated to performances on harp, violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, oboe, trumpet, organ as well as pieces for voice.  

The Trust benefitted from donations made by the audience, and the Trustees are most grateful to Chris Bruce-Jones, who organised the evening with the Trust’s Musical Adviser, Michael Barlow.  Grateful thanks also due to Bonners Music for their sponsorship.  

A most successful evening, and a fitting inauguration of the new piano.

Oxted & Limpsfield Music Society Concert 2017

The Trust were once again delighted to be asked to showcase the talents of our young musicians following the Oxted & Limpsfield Music Society AGM at the United Reformed Church in Oxted on Monday 3 July 2017. Seven young musicians, ages ranging from 10 to 18 provided a varied concert for this most discerning audience.

Seb played the Romance by Svendsen to start the evening, and he played with great poise and feeling. William then performed Chopin’s Nocturne in C sharp minor, played sensitively with a range of dynamics. Luca sang Maria from West Side Story by Bernstein, again with great sensitivity, demonstrating how his voice has matured. Max used his alto and soprano saxophones in the Mi-Temps from Sonatine Sportive by Tcherepnine and the 1st movement from Bach’s Sonata in G minor, demonstrating the range and versitility of the instruments, with some accomplished technical playing. Freya displayed an impressive range of technical skills and sensitivity in the Introduction and Polonaise 12 from Arabesken by Bohm, on violin. Matty Oxtoby gave us a polished performance of Wedding Day at Troldhaugen by Greig, using the full range of pianistic dynamics. Finally, George Easton, on trumpet, concluded the concert with Goedicke’s Concert Etude, mastering the difficult passages well, and showing excellent breath control.

The audience gave an enthusiastic ovation to all the performers, who mixed with the society members afterwards over refreshments. Michael Barlow, who organised the evening, and Sarah Willcock accompanied the performers with great sensitivity. Another successful evening, providing these young musicians with a great opportunity to display their musical skills.

Our photo shows the performers after the concert; Freya, George, Seb, Luca, William, Max and Matty.

A great fund-raising year for the Trust

Our memorable year as a chosen charity of Cllr Pat Cannon, chief executive of Tandridge District Council has ended with a presentation of a cheque for £6,000. This amazing amount was generated over the past twelve months at various events promoted by Tandridge DC.

A number of Bouffler young musicians attended these events and performed to huge acclaim. The Trustees attended events too, and were also able to raise the profile of the Trust with a presentation about Robert Bouffler, and the Trust to Tandridge Voluntary Services. The Trust was represented at a Civic Reception and a Civic Service, but the big event of the year was the St Patrick’s Day Charity Ball, a sell-out at Surrey National Golf Club where a significant sum was raised, notably through an impressive auction and raffle. Four of our Young Musicians performed at the Charity Ball too – Madeline and Matilda sang, Nadine played the Maple Street Rag, and was then joined by Stephen, who amused the large audience by singing “The Gas Man Cometh”, finishing with the ever-popular O Sole Mio. Various other fund raising events were held, from Christmas Lights Switch-on events, a wine-tasting evening, and a Jive Aces concert. So it’s been a wonderful year for the Trust, both financially and in terms of the profile of the Trust. More then anything, it means that in East Surrey, the music-making continues for our Young Musicians.

Our photo shows our Chair, Katherine Saunders, and our Hon Treasurer, Viv Edwards, receiving the huge cheque from Cllr Pat Cannon and his consort Jill.