Celebration concert marks 90th birthday

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BERKHAMSTED Music Society will mark the 90th birthday of their president of 47 years Antony Hopkins CBE with a special concert next Friday.

A composer, pianist, conductor, and radio broadcaster Antony Hopkins is a former pupil of Berkhamsted School - attending after he was adopted by staff member Major Tom Hopkins when his father’s death left his mother with four small children and no money to educate them.

During his distinguished musical career he’s written operas and chamber works, and also extensively for films - including the score to the 1962 film Billy Budd which was produced, directed and co-written by Peter Ustinov.

But he is perhaps best remembered for his 36 year stint as presenter of the BBC radio programme Talking About Music - a programme with a huge following both in the UK and abroad, and for his books on musical analysis.

With a huge range of musical interests he has been likened to a latter day Renaissance Man and his love of sports cars is legendary.

The birthday concert which will mark a lifetime of achievement will include cheese and wine, a birthday cake tribute, a surprise item - not to mention works by Dowland, Purcell, Warlock, Handel and Antony Hopkins himself.

Berkhamsted Music Society will hold their celebration concert in honour of Antony Hopkins’ 90th birthday at the Berkhamsted Civic Centre, Berkhamsted on Friday, May 20, 8pm.

Tickets will be available on the door or for advance booking please call treasurer Neil Kennedy on 01442 862798.