Heckington church to host concert under new director

Susan Grant, Boston Orchestra's new musical director. EMN-160527-134946001
Susan Grant, Boston Orchestra's new musical director. EMN-160527-134946001

St Andrew’s Church in Heckington is the venue for a concert by the Boston Orchestra under its new musical director.

Serenades for a Summer Evening will feature a programme of soothing classical music as part of the orchestra’s mission to bring music to the community.

The Boston Orchestra will be under new musical director Susan Grant, an experienced and well-respected American musician, composer and conductor.

Originally from Illinois, former university professor of English Ms Grant has taken over the baton from Roy Phillips, who moved away from the area in 2015.

With a Master’s degree in orchestral conducting and direct musical influences from such celebrated conductors such as Maurice Abravanel and Zubin Mehta at the Juilliard School of Music, Ms Grant has inspired the orchestra to perform an uplifting programme of music by Schubert, Chabrier, Butterworth, Telemann and Mozart, with Andrew Hutton as leader of the orchestra and viola soloist in Telemann’s Concerto for Viola and String Orchestra.

The concert is on Saturday, June 4, at 7.30pm in the church.

Andrew Key, chairman of the village church’s heritage and tourism group said: “St Andrew’s is a wonderful venue for live music of all kinds.

“Our plans for the future include having many more concerts over the years, to suit all musical tastes.”

Tickets are £8 and include a buffet supper, available by telephoning Chris Cullen on 01529 460272 or Sheila Grossmith on 01529 460977.