Tribute to band musical director

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As most local music lovers are probably aware, Malcolm Gay, Slinfold Concert Band’s long serving Musical Director, died suddenly in May, just days after the band’s acclaimed annual concert at the Capitol theatre.

Malcolm served as a bandsman in the Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment, and subsequently directed a number of brass and concert bands in Surrey.

In 1991 he was invited to direct Slinfold Concert Band (although, as he later admitted, when he received the phone call he had to get the map out to find out where Slinfold was!) and there he stayed, leading the band to become one of the busiest and best regarded in the area.

The band will perform a concert in Malcolm’s memory in St Peter’s Church Slinfold at 19.30 on Saturday, September 8 and all local music lovers are cordially invited, both to the concert, and to refreshments afterwards in the adjacent Slinfold Village Hall.

Admission is free, but there will be a retiring collection for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The band will, as usual, play pieces from across the musical spectrum, many of which were favourites of or arranged by Malcolm, and, the sad circumstances notwithstanding, is confident that the audience will have a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Booking is not necessary, just come along and be entertained.

Chris Youngman

Slinfold Concert Band