Village residents entertained 1,200

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A SEMI-RETIRED chartered accountant is realising his musical ambitions after his latest ‘gig’ saw him perform at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.

Ken Stones, 64, has been with The London Central Fellowship Band as principal euphonium player for nine years.

With lots of engagements and regular rehearsals in Barnet, the band takes up a lot of his time but Ken thoroughly enjoys it.

The most recent engagement at Symphony Hall was a particular highlight for him.

He said: “It was fantastic playing there.

“It was the biggest venue we’ve played in and the 1,200 audience was also the largest we’ve entertained.”

Ken has lived at The ExtraCare Charitable Trust’s Lovat Fields Retirement Village in Willen for four years with his wife, Maureen.

He comes from a rather musical family.

His father was an accomplished pianist while his son Martin – who has been in the Army for 20 years – is a staff sergeant and principal clarinettist with the REME Military Band.

The Lovat Fields Village choir, led by resident Denis Balchin, also performed at the Symphony Hall concert.

Also present were prospective residents for ExtraCare’s Shenley Wood Village, which opens next year.

Prospective resident - and chair of the ExtraHope Group which is raising funds for the new Village - Brian Hobbs showed his support for those taking part in the musical extravaganza as well.

The ExtraCare Charitable Trust enables older people to enjoy a healthier, active and more independent lifestyle in a network of inspirational communities.

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