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
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
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.