Worksop: Life of a special local musician to be celebrated with Priory concert

Anthony Skilbeck's life will be celebrated with a special concert at Worksop Priory
Anthony Skilbeck's life will be celebrated with a special concert at Worksop Priory

A special concert is being held at Worksop Priory this weekend to celebrate the life of a talented local musician.

When Anthony Skilbeck died last December, after long illness, Worksop lost one of the most distinguished musicians.

And Worksop Priory is to commemorate his 30 years of musical activity, in the town and around, with a Memorial Concert, on Sunday, 8th June at 4pm.

“Anthony was a versatile musician, combining school teaching, piano and organ playing and teaching, composing and the fairly unusual field of carillon bell ringing,” said Father Nicholas Spicer, rector of The Priory.

“With his compositions of pieces for bells, he had connections with carilloneurs, in France, Germany and the United States and his works were extensively performed in several countries.”

“Manton residents may remember his chimes ringing out on occasions from the top of St Paul’s and filling the air with delicate sounds.”

“He will be missed, but his legacy will live on at the Priory in a concert featuring several of his compositions for organ, piano, and singers.”

For this weekend’s concert, The Priory Choir will be joined by musicians from North Notts and beyond.

The concert will also feature popular works by composers, J.S. Bach, Purcell, Mendelssohn, Shostokovich and John Ireland.

“A span of 400 years in one concert, but the Priory is nearly a 1,000 years old,” added Father Spicer.

“In Anthony Skilbeck, Worksop has had a musician to be proud of and we are going to celebrate his life.”