Mike and Clair Stones
My wife and I were privileged to attend "From Darkness to Light". We would like to congratulate all those concerned in staging what was a very moving and thought-provoking occasion. Readings were aptly chosen and well delivered and music performed to a high level. Above all it was entirely appropriate that surviving members of the DLI, there when the camp was liberated, should be part of the parade. Moving also were the lines of children, each carrying shoes and the pile of footwear assembled at the font symbolising the victims.
Truly it inspired us to believe that such evils should never be forgotten and that every effort be made to ensure that the like never happens again.
Our Board of Trustees has recently undergone a change in personnel. Lord Derek Foster, Kingsley Smith and Rob Yorke have all had to resign their positions on our Board owing to pressure of work in their constantly busy lives.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of three new Board members:
- Jonathan Peacock lives in Hamsterley and is a business consultant.
- Dr James Harrison has just retired from his position as a general practitioner in Durham. As well as his role as a research fellow in Christian Theology at Durham University, he is also an inveterate opera-lover.
We are of course delighted to retain the services of well-know baritone Sir Thomas Allen and Nicholas Payne, Director of Opera Europa - (the professional association of opera houses and festivals in Europe) who are members of our original Board.
We are thrilled and excited by this outstanding new line-up of Trustees and know that all our InterOpera supporters will join us in extending a very warm welcome to our new Board Members.
We are also delighted to welcome Steve Robson to our team. Steve is our brass band adviser and transcribes all our music for band with his amazing flair for changing orchestral texture into exciting and challenging arrangements for brass.