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The Astrum Guitar Duo, Martin Bickerton and Amy Perry
The Astrum Guitar Duo, Martin Bickerton and Amy Perry
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Clitheroe Concerts Society’s Summer Concert with the brilliant Astrum Guitar Duo – Martin Bickerton and Amy Perry – was a great success, attracting more than 70 members and guests.

Ribble Valley Mayor and Mayoress Coun. Ian Sayers and Mrs Jean Hayes and the Mayor and Mayoress of Clithero, Couns. Allan and Susan Knox, were special guests of the society.

The gifted duo performed a varied first half, including works by Georg Philipp Telemann, Isaac Albeniz Córdoba, Domenico Scarlatti and the more modern “Promenade” by Stephen Dodgson, depicting a stroll at the seaside, complete with scrapping dogs!

The second half started with one of Martin’s own compositions, “Swifts”, created after mowing Amy’s lawn surrounded by a number of Swifts swooping to pick up insects in the grass clippings! This was followed with works by Paulo Bellinati, Joaquín Rodrigo and two from Manuel de Falla, all played to perfection.

After prolonged applause, the Duo played an encore. Martin teased everyone by refusing to say what it was, a beautiful haunting theme. Eventually the penny dropped, or rather the Penny Lane dropped, written by Lennon and McCartney, but no doubt arranged by Martin.

A very brief AGM was held during the interval, all reports and financial information having been distributed prior to the concert. Clitheroe’s Mayor Coun. Allan Knox became the society’s president and the officers and committee were all returned with the exception of Miss Elizabeth Foster, who retired at this AGM. Mr Ron Welch and Ms Joan Hall were welcomed onto the committee.

Details of Clitheroe Concerts Society can be found at its website ( where names can be added to a mailing list for regular updates and information.