‘Carols For All’ concert was fitting tribute to late Les Ager

Mark Ager conducts the Haverhill Silver Band at the Carols For All concert 2013

Mark Ager conducts the Haverhill Silver Band at the Carols For All concert 2013


A carol concert has been described as a ‘fitting tribute’ to the late Les Ager after it recreated the last one he conducted three years ago.

Les, who was twice mayor of Haverhill and in April was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for his services to music in the town, died in his sleep on the night of October 23/24 aged 75 following a fight with leukaemia.

He was involved with Haverhill Silver Band and Haverhill Operatic Society and conducted 25 performances of the ‘Carols For All’ concert from 1975 to 2010.

This year’s event, held at the Old Independent Church on Sunday (December 22), was a repeat of his final programme.

Daughter Karen Chinery, 48, from Great Yeldham, conducted the operatic society and son Mark, 51, from Haverhill, the band.

More than 460 people attended the concert which usually attracts around 300.

“It went really well and the church was packed – we’ve never sold so many tickets before so to have so many people attend was just phenomenal,” said Karen.

“It was absolutely fantastic as the programme had been chosen by dad and to have so many people there for dad made it special. It was a fitting tribute to him.”

The concert included Christmas Fantasy, pieces from Handel’s Messiah and an assortment of traditional carols from Tocatta (Suite Gothique).

There is likely to be a memorial concert for Les, with the details to be confirmed.

Unfortunately Les’ widow Jean could not attend as she was hospitalised with a broken right leg, and is likely to be there for several weeks.

Jean broke both her legs following a car crash in the summer.

Les, from Roman Way, was also involved with Haverhill Centre Stage company, and played Trumpet in the amateur thespian group’s debut show Mikado in 1969.

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (January 2) Echo.




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