Tribute to town musician

David Aylett
David Aylett

A memorial concert to recognise the life and achievements of a leading figure in the musical life of Aylesbury will take place later this month.

The concert will pay tribute to the life of David Aylett who was involved in the musical life of the town for over 50 years, and who died in September last year.

Local musicians will reflect Mr Aylett’s talents as a pianist, organist, singer, conductor and composer.

And the concert will also pay tribute to his contribution to various musical groups including Aylesbury Festival Choir which he founded in 1958 and conducted for 27 years.

Performers at the memorial concert will include Thelma King, the choir’s accompanist, Caduceus Brass quintet, the Galliard Band and organist Piers Maxim, one of the choir’s former conductors.

The concert will include some of Mr Aylett’s compositions; Aylesbury Festival Choir, conducted by James Dabey, will sing Elegy, a setting of Thomas Gray’s poem; and a string quartet from Aylesbury Music Centre will play a suite of five Baroque pieces.

Mr Aylett was successfully treated for lymphatic cancer in 2008 and the concert will raise funds for two local charities - the Lymphoma Association and the Cancer Care and Haematology Unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

Mr Aylett’s wife, Pat, said: “This concert will be a celebration of David’s life and music.

“ And it will also support two charities which became an important part of his later life.”

The David Aylett Memorial Concert will be held at 7.30pm on Saturday September 26 at Aylesbury Methodist Church in Buckingham Street.

Tickets cost £12 for adults, £5 for students and are available from choir members, by telephone on 01296 614062 or on the door on the night of the concert.