Tribute concert to ‘Mr Haverhill’

Les Ager after receiving his BEM.
Les Ager after receiving his BEM.

The second of two concerts in tribute to Les Ager, the late and much-missed Haverhill mayor and stalwart of the local music scene, is due to take place on Sunday, July 6.

Haverhill Silver Band, of which Les was conductor for 30 years, and the Haverhill Operatics Society Choir will come together for the Festival Prom at the Old Independent Church, in Hamlet Road, starting at 7.30pm.

The show will feature some of Les’s favourite pieces, finishing with a rousing ‘Last Night’ finalé.

For tickets, all priced at £5, contact Haverhill Arts Centre box office on 01440 714140.

The first tribute concert, which involved the same band and choir, took place at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on June 21.

Les, described as Mr Haverhill, was also a founder member of the Haverhill Operatics Society, now Centre Stage, which he directed for more than 35 years.

During his years at the helm he developed the band into one of the most successful brass bands in East Anglia.

In 1983 he conducted it at the third section finals of the National Brass Band Championships at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Les, who was twice mayor of Haverhill, died aged 75 in October 2013 after a battle with leukaemia.

The previous April he received the British Empire Medal for services to music in Haverhill.