THE founder of at not for profit organisation that brings world class live classical music to the local community has announced that he will step down.

Stockbridge Music’s founder and director Tim Lowden is to step down as music director of the much-loved Stockbridge institution after 10 years at the helm, with effect from April 30.

Committee member, Karen Malim, said: “We will all miss Tim’s energetic leadership enormously. However, we are delighted – as well as relieved! - that he has agreed to continue sharing his immense knowledge and wisdom as an invaluable member of the committee.”

For the past 10 years Tim has shown an uncanny knack for having his finger on the pulse of contemporary tastes in classical music.

On March 18, Tim’s flair was plain for all to see, when Stockbridge Music’s 2022 Spring season opened in triumphant style with a sell-out concert in St Peter’s Church by top-flight international artists, Adrian Brendel, cello and Charles Owen, piano.

Their beautiful and imaginative programme, from Bach and Fauré, to Liszt, Kurtag and Beethoven, showcased their versatility and emotional range, and held the audience in thrall.

Sue Stafford, from the group, said: "It was a joy to hear such high-calibre music-making, and the occasion marked a fitting pinnacle to Tim’s illustrious journey at the helm of Stockbridge Music.

"The Stockbridge Music committee is immensely proud of Tim’s achievements and, with Tim’s continued help and support, looks forward to nurturing and developing his legacy."

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