Concert in memory of Alan Brook

Alan Brook, left, with his wife, Pat, and music festival co-founder Robert Secret
Alan Brook, left, with his wife, Pat, and music festival co-founder Robert Secret

A concert on Wednesday, March 5, featuring Mussorgsky’s acclaimed Pictures at an Exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Buckingham Festival co-founder Alan Brook, who passed away a year ago.

As well as jointly setting up the annual Buckingham Summer Festival, Prof Brook, a former pro vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham, was instrumental in the conversion of the town’s non-conformist church into the Radcliffe Centre, now used for musical and theatrical performances by the community as well as the university .

Anthony Hewitt

Anthony Hewitt

For many years he was also chairman of the Buckingham Festival of Music and Drama and he was president of the Buckingham branch of the University of the Third Age.

In 2003, he was awarded an MBE for his contribution to the community.

Prof Brook was Professor of Life Sciences and later became Dean of Science. He authored and co-authored over 90 scientific publications and a collection of books, mainly on freshwater algae.

The concert, on the anniversary of his death, on his 90th birthday, features prize-winning international virtuoso Anthony Hewitt.

The piano music will be accompanied by narrator Susan Porrett, who has appeared in Midsomer Murders, Foyle’s War, Poirot and Upstairs, Downstairs, telling the story behind the celebrated works of art which the Russian master depicts in his music.

There will also be recitals of Preludes by another Russian composer, Alexander Scriabin, and the performance will be illustrated with projected images and original artwork from illustrator Klara Smith.

The concert takes place at 7pm in the Radcliffe Centre.

Tickets are £12 on the door (students £6) or £10 in advance (students £5) from reception at Yeomanry House or from Yvonne Evans on 07889 399 862 or email