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Judith's Legacy to Music

 

 

A Hethersett woman’s legacy to music was remembered in a special concert at Hethersett Methodist Church. 

The musical world of Judith Evans was brought to life in a concert by a string quartet featuring her daughter Sian on viola. 

The Highly Strung Quartet (pictured above with Sian Evans second from the left) played a range of Judith’s favourite music featuring both the classics and more up to date works with a jazz/café style feel to them. The event follows on a special memorial service to Judith that took place a few weeks ago.

Judith was born in the Potteries into a musical family and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. She went on to teach music in schools across the country as well as giving private tuition. Over the years she set up a number of ladies choirs in different parts of the United Kingdom.

She moved with her family to Hethersett in 1968 and taught at the primary school before becoming Head of Music at Hethersett Old Hall School where she was described by a colleague as being “a fantastic teacher who will be remembered for her enthusiasm and good nature by many of the girls she taught, as well as the staff”. Judith also had many years of success directing the Hethersett WI Choir and Music Society. 

Judith has left a legacy of music, much of which has been passed onto her daughter Sian who was responsible for bringing the professional quartet, which is based in the Midlands and which plays corporate events and concerts throughout the country, to Hethersett Methodist Church.

Four highly accomplished musicians who have all studied music at the highest levels. The quartet effortlessly worked their way through some of Judith’s favourite music including works by Dvorak, Mozart, Bach, Mendelssohn, Mascagni, Beethoven, Bizet, Irving Berlin, Thiele and Weiss (What a Wonderful World), Brahms and Tchaikovsky.

A collection was taken on behalf of the Cinnamon Trust, a national charity for the elderly and their pets.

Sian Evans has a long association with Hethersett Methodist Church, having laid a brick to represent the youth of the church, when the building was modernised during Operation New Look in 1983.

She explained the motivation for holding the memorial concert: “My mum contributed so much to music in Hethersett and music was such a passion for her. She had an ability to communicate her love of it to all levels and ages. She inspired so many people and this was our way of saying thank you for all she has given and to celebrate what she achieved during her lifetime.”