Concert to remember Aylsham music-lover Alison Snape who died in March

Joanna, John and Edward Snape Joanna, John and Edward Snape

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
7:00 AM

The family of music lover Alison Snape, who died suddenly in March, continued her dream of supporting young musicians with a memorial concert two months on.

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Mrs Snape died aged 79 on March 2 from a cardiac arrest, but husband John has decided to carry on the work they started together.

Mr Snape and his wife, of Thwaite Common, were founding members of Aylsham Music Society, which organises short lunch time concerts in the town.

And the couple, who moved to north Norfolk 35 years ago from London, were also supporters of Sistema in Norwich, which aims to improve the lives of youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds by teaching them how to play instruments and become part of an orchestra.

Mr Snape said the concert on Friday had raised more than £3,000 for the programme. He said: “Sistema is a cause terribly close to my heart,

“We did it because Alison and I had such a passion for music, and you want to share what is closest to you.

“We think all children should have the opportunity to play musical instruments.”

The concert on May 2 began with a musical introduction by Mrs Snape’s grandchildren Issy and George, and daughter Joanna, 44, played the flute.

Mr Snape said: “To listen to a classical concert given by children brought up in some of the toughest parts of Norwich was a profoundly moving experience.

“It was very inspiring what Alison did and I want to carry it on.

“The concert was a great success, there were a lot of people and it has been great in having a wonderful response and people contributing so much.”

And the couple’s son Edward, 48, has raised more than £2,000 in a sponsored walk along the Dorset coast.

The theatre producer, responsible for the Dial M for Murder production at Norwich Theatre Royal, said: “My mother was passionate about music and this local charity in Norwich manages to transform the lives of disadvantaged children in less well off areas through community-based orchestral music making. I hope she would have been proud.”

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