University of Leicester eBulletin

Public Concert in Memory of First Leicester Vice-Chancellor

July 2003
No 197

Everyone who knows the University of Leicester knows of Sir Charles Wilson from the building named after him.

As the last Principal of the University College (1952-57) and the first Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester (1957-61), he negotiated the transition from College to University.

Sir Charles, who died last November at the age of ninety-two, was also a keen lover of classical music and took an active part in promoting young artists, so it is fitting that the University should honour him with a public concert in his memory.

This will take place on Saturday, September 27, 2003 at 7.30pm in the Richard Attenborough Centre, Lancaster Road, Leicester.

Director of Music at the University, Anthony Pither, said: "For this special occasion, and in consultation with his daughter, Jane Meyers, the University is presenting one of the greatest musical achievements in western music - and one of Sir Charles's favourite works."

Schubert's deeply moving song-cycle, Winterreise, will be sung by Damian Thantrey, baritone, with pianist Peter Hewitt, two young musicians who made a lasting impression on a University Lunchtime Concert audience earlier this year, when they performed Schumann's Dichterliebe.

Further information and tickets (10, retired 9, concessions 7.50) are available from the University of Leicester Music Department, telephone 0116 252 2781, or the Richard Attenborough Centre, telephone 0116 252 2455.

NOTE TO EDITORS: For more details please contact Mr Anthony Pither, University of Leicester Department of Music, telephone 0116 252 2781, fax 0116 252 2782, email

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