Boughton founder of music charity is awarded MBE

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A co-founder of a music charity which stages classical concerts in churches across the country has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Alan Wilkinson, who lives in Boughton, near Downham, helped to launch Music in Country Churches 27 years ago.

Since then, the trust has donated almost £500,000 towards the maintenance of more than 70 churches in counties as far afield as Herefordshire and Wiltshire.

And Mr Wilkinson was included in the Honours list, announced on Friday night, for services to music through the organisation, that he remains heavily involved with as a trustee and as its honorary music director.

But he maintained that the award was for the charity rather than for himself.

He said: “It’s very nice that Music in Country Churches has been recognised.”

Now in its 26th concert season, the trust, whose patron is the Prince of Wales, has staged performances in dozens of churches all over England.

A number of churches in West Norfolk have hosted concerts for the trust over the years, including St Nicholas’ Church, Dersingham and All Saints’ Church, Thornham.

And a two-day programme of concerts will be held at the Church of St Mary, Old Hunstanton next month to raise funds for the St Mary’s Church in nearby Titchwell.

Concerts by the English Chamber Orchestra, Carole Cerasi and the Skampa Quartet will be held at the church on July 29 and 30.

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