Concerts raises hospice funds to the tune of Jennifer’s memoirs

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A CLASSICAL music concert in memory of bestselling author Jennifer Worth raised £3,500 for Iain Rennie Grove House Hospice Care.

The event at St John’s Church, Boxmoor, on Saturday (June 16), attracted a sellout audience and featured theme tune music from Call the Midwife, the hit BBC television drama series based on Jennifer’s memoirs of life in London’s East End.

Gifted local musicians, including Jennifer’s daughter Suzannah Hart and two granddaughters Ellie, aged 18, and Lydia, aged 19, performed. Jennifer’s other daughter, Juliette Walton, managed front-of-house.

The other performers on the evening were cellist Josephine Horder and pianist Richard Grylls.

The programme of classical pieces featured a surprise performance of the theme tune to Call The Midwife, which was specially arranged for the evening by the composer, Peter Salem.

Suzannah said: “We were deeply touched by the warmth of the reception from the audience which culminated in a standing ovation at the end.

“Music was such an important part of my mother’s life. After she left nursing, she turned to the music she had loved all her life and became a teacher of piano.

“The inclusion of the Call The Midwife theme tune was a perfect way to bring her success as an author into the evening.”

Jennifer’s husband Philip Worth worked with pianist Anna Le Hair on a special presentation of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

Philip had painted pictures inspired by the different movements in the piece and photographs of these were shown on a screen while Anna played.