A coup for Woodbury

PUBLISHED: 15:42 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:55 10 June 2010

WOODBURY has a first over the Easter weekend. Three generations of the musical Gittings family will perform on Saturday in the village.

WOODBURY has a first over the Easter weekend. Three generations of the musical Gittings family will perform on Saturday in the village.

The group comprises Rob and Mary, their daughter Katherine and her husband Julian Atkinson (both of whom play in the celebrated City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra), plus grandchildren Lucy and Sarah (14 and 12 respectively and both members of the National Children's Orchestra).

Last, but not least, is Harry (8).

The Gittings are a local family from Exton. Between them this multi-talented clan cover the violin, cello, double bass, piano and clarinet. Their programme has a really wide range of pieces, including works by Bach, Handel, Paganini, Rossini, Debussy, Dvorak, Gershwin and Scott Joplin. It's a unique musical feast not to be missed.

The concert is in aid of the Friends of St Swithun's fund in order to install plumbing and a kitchen in the village church. Says FoSS Chairman Jill

Whitten: "It's a challenge to get any family together in one place these days. But Rob and Mary have managed it for our spring concert. It's a special privilege to have them play and we're thrilled to be hosting such talented people.

"With a big welcome and free admission for kids, we hope it will prove an inspiration for some of the area's budding young musicians."

The evening starts at 7pm on Saturday, March 22, at Woodbury Village Hall.

Tickets, which include savoury snacks, dips, salad, bakes, fruit and soft drinks, are £6 - pay at the door - and kids are free. Bring your own wine if you wish!


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