AGE Concern Crediton and District is to present a Concert featuring Crediton Town Band and the Ad-Hoc Singers at Crediton Parish Church on Saturday, October 7, and it will be a special event for one bandsman and for many who know him.

The Ad Hoc Singers.
The Ad Hoc Singers. (The Ad Hoc Singers.)

It will be the last concert with Crediton Town Band for one of the band’s mainstays over the years, John Glanfield.

John (91), currently the band’s solo Tenor horn player, is a former Musical Director of the Town Band.

He was Head of Music at Queen Elizabeth’s School and over the years has played trumpet, clarinet and saxophone, and at one time had his own band “The Stars”, which went on to become Johnny Glanfield and the Stars.

He and his band played throughout Devon playing mostly Trad Jazz, John playing with legends such as Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk and Chris Barber.

John formed a new band called Strictly Ballroom which went on to entertain at numerous events in Devon.

For the concert on October 7 John has created a musical arrangement for the QE School Song “Schola Kyrtonensis” which will be played by the band.

Song sheets will be given out to those attending the concert and all those who attended Queen Elizabeth’s, and the whole audience, will be invited to stand to sing along to the school song.

John will conduct the band for the school song.

A band spokesperson said: “It is a sad time for the band as John will be greatly missed.

“We cannot thank him enough for his long contribution to the band over so many years.”

Doors open for the concert at 6.45pm and it will start at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced at Adult £10 (includes a free drink at the interval), Children £5 (Under 16).

Tickets are available from A E Lee (Outfitters), 17 High Street, Crediton and Age Concern Crediton, The Lady Mills Centre, Deep Lane, Crediton EX17 2BX, telephone 01363 775008 or email: [email protected] .

Tickets will also be available at the door.

The concert is in aid of Age Concern Crediton and District and is being sponsored by Ashgrove Kitchens.