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.




13th March 2020 7.30pm


Tabea Debus (recorder) & Alex McCartney (theorbo)


Tabea Debus Image by Jen Martin Ode on an earworm


Until the 15th century music was predominantly an aural tradition. However, with the invention of the printing press this tradition began to disappear. Still, some melodies are innately memorable – why?


Tabea and Alex’s programme includes music by Caccini, Dowland, Purcell, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Corelli, Marais, Freya Waley-Cohen, and not to forget (most famous of all) Anonymous…


Debus is a charismatic virtuoso. The Times / XXIV Fantasie per il Flauto CD / 2018


Only very rarely do we get the chance to encounter musicians in full artistic control and bestowed with a technical ability that makes you sit and listen in awe. Early Music Review / XXIV Fantasie per il Flauto / 2018


Alex is ‘A consumate lutenist…’ Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3 InTune



‘With the rich, deep tones of the theorbo, and some rippling and cascading runs, deftly articulated here by McCartney, this is a delightful programme.’ Classical Notes (about Alex’s album Toccata:Touched; theorbo music by Kapsberger).






Season membership £80

Tickets for individual concerts £16

Accompanied school children and full-time students free.

2019/2020 Season:



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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