A SOCIETY which has brought everything from chamber music to Dixieland jazz to Warrington is celebrating its 30th anniversary next year.

Friends of Walton Hall Music has one more concert to see out the current programme before marking the milestone in 2020.

Multi-instrumentalists Piva, an ensemble who bring the 16th century to life through their music and Elizabethan instruments, will be performing for the group on Wednesday, November 27.

Friends of Walton Hall Music was founded by Tom Beecroft, an accomplished pianist and vocalist who drummed up support for a regular series of recitals at the venue. By mid 1991, enough funds had been raised – together with a borough council grant – to buy a Schimmel grand piano for events.

Ray Cox, current chairman of the group, said: “From then on the Friends of Walton Hall thrived, holding seven recitals per year.”

Early recitals had a focus solely on classical music but current seasons have been much more diverse. The group also frequently works with the Royal Northern College of Music to support the next generation of artists.

Ray added: “A much broader approach to recitals has been seen. The late Norman Cutter was a major contributor to this trend to include variety such as Chinese harp, accordion bands, Dixieland jazz and Baroque music.

“Our programme for 2020 is very exciting to include the Ryebank piano and strings trio, a Gilbert and Sullivan gala, a classical piano recital by Hayley Parkes and two string quartets together with an evening of New Orleans jazz.

“The concert room at Walton Hall has a very pleasant ambiance as well as good acoustics. Wine and light refreshments are served after each recital during which patrons can meet the artists, which is always appreciated.

“The Friends of Walton Hall Music warmly invite you to come along to the hall to enjoy a fine evening of entertainment.”

Piva perform at Walton Hall on November 27. Tickets are £13. Visit waltonhallgardens.co.uk