Lilian Black, second generation survivor
Darkness to Light was a most magnificent event, just amazing and so moving: a fitting tribute for the liberators and the survivors and those who sadly perished. We will never forget it. It was so lovely that my mother's sister could be there with my two cousins - it was sad dad couldn't be there but I gave him a blow by blow account.
It is I who must say thank you to you all. The whole event was incredible and wonderful, especially the sounds at the beginning and the engagement of the choirs and young people. The director is to be hugely congratulated.
Lilian read her father Eugene's account of the liberation
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.