Concert To Celebrate All Things English

theatre town hallIt’s the annual St George’s Day concert this evening.

And organiser Maggie Perkovic is hoping it will be as popular us ever, following the patriotic fervour of the London Olympics and Diamond Jubilee last year.

The concert was started over 25 years ago by Gordon Bilsborough and Maggie took over when Gordon bowed out. She says she loves doing it, particularly the work beforehand looking for songs, poems and readings specifically related to England.

This year, there will be various English-themed performances including Noel Coward’s ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen’, ‘The Battle Of Hastings’ by Marriot Edgar and a collection of thoughts from the late Patrick Moore.

Maggie says visitors always say they love the concert, which is performed by members of the Theatre Club, because it’s a chance to celebrate being English.

And Maggie herself says she first started to be “so English” when she went to school in an area with a large Irish population. She said she was always amazed by how passionately they celebrated St Patrick’s Day and wanted to do the same for St George.

Maggie admits that while St George was never English, he’s still celebrated for representing “all that’s pure and noble.”

The concert will be at the Masonic Hall this evening. Door open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start. All members and non-members welcome.

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