Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire Concert Society

Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire Concert Society is an appreciation of classical music within the town.


1949 was a significant date in the musical life of Scunthorpe and District. John Barbirolli was weaving his magic spells with the Hallé Orchestra, and Sheffield and Manchester shared the same programme on most weeks of the concert season.


A group of friends in Scunthorpe attended these concerts in Sheffield and, at the end of the 1948 – 1949 season, arranged for a recital to be given in the Cole Street Hall by Arthur Percival, the then sub-leader of the Hallé accompanied by a local musician, Dr Stafford.


This initial performance in 1949 was the beginning of the Scunthorpe Music Club.


The first Secretary was Ellen (“Nell”) Houghton and singers and instrumentalists such as Owen Brannigan, John Heddle Nash, Joseph Cooper, Allan Schiller, Marisa Robles, Peter Donohue, Anthony Goldstone and the Fitzwilliam Quartet were engaged. The concerts took place in St Lawrence’s Church Hall and the Hallé link continued when Arthur Percival attended the 21st Anniversary Dinner in 1970.


In 1976, Nell Houghton retired, and at a celebratory dinner she played part of the Bach Double Violin Concerto with Martin Milner. Mary Hipkins, already a committee member, became the Honorary Secretary. About this time too, some concerts were held at the Grammar School, but in 1988, the Music Club started to use the John Leggott Sixth Form College Hall and one year later change its name to The Scunthorpe and Glanford Concert Society.


In 1994 the Society bought its own concert piano and in 1998 changed its name, yet again, to the Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire Concert Society.


For our 2017 – 2018 season we focused on engaging some of the top young talent from the BBC Young Musician of the Year Awards. We were enchanted by the musicality of pianist Martin Bartlett, thrilled with Jess Gillam’s versatility on the saxophone and had our first ‘sell out’ concert for several years with the cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason with his talented sister, Isata on the piano. Sheku was the BBC Young Musician of the Year, and had seen his first CD rise to the top of the album charts shortly before his visit. Sheku was invited to perform at the wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Megan Markle shortly after performing for us!


We now look forward to our 70th anniversary season in 2019 – 2020 with an increasing membership and a continued focus on young talented musicians.




October 11th – Lauren Zhang (piano)


Lauren is the current holder of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award

Schubert: Four Impromptus, D. 935 (Op. posth.142)

Liebermann Gargoyles, Op. 29

Ravel La Valse

Rachmaninov: Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.36 (1913 – original version)


“Lauren Zhang’s power never let up, yet what most impressed was the magical delicacy of her playing in the softer passages” BBC Young Musician final, The Times, May 2018


“A superhuman display of keyboard virtuosity” BBC Young Musician final, The Arts Desk, May 2018


“Lauren owned [Prokofiev’s 2nd Piano Concerto] from the very first bars, revealing not only exceptional technically mastery but also acute musical intelligence and insight in a work of striking contrasts, substance and depth” BBC Young Musician final, The Cross-Eyed Pianist, May 2018





Season membership £80

Tickets for individual concerts £16

Accompanied school children and full-time students free.

2019/2020 Season:


October 11th – Lauren Zhang (piano)
November 8th – Meiningen Ensemble with Clare Wheat (soprano)
December 6th – Daniel Shao (flute) & Joseph Havalat (piano)



January 17th – Martin James Bartlett (piano)
February 7th – the Kanneh-Mason Ensemble
March 13th – Tabea Debus (recorder) & Alex McCartney (theorbo)
April 3rd – Laura van der Heijden (cello) & Katya Apekisheva (piano)



   Phone for tickets and any queries is 01144 574570 (Stuart Kavanagh, the Society’s Treasurer).


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