Concerts revived in memory of tragic school girl

Butterfly Concerts are being revived, inspired by tragic school girl Kate.

Thursday, 16th February 2017, 11:23 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th February 2017, 12:45 pm
Stephanie Cant

The original Butterfly Concert was given at Bishop Hannington Church, Hove, by the nine-year-old Kate Cooper (recorders) and her mother Stephanie Cant (piano) in April 1991, a few months before Kate died of the cancer she had kept at bay since the age of six.

Stephanie said: “Kate designed the Butterfly motif, and during the 1990s many concerts were held in the memory of this child who, undistracted by the travails of cancer treatment, had enjoyed music-making so much, playing the cello, piano and guitar and also composing her piece for violin and cello.

“On March 3 at 7pm, Butterfly Concerts will be revived at Bishop Hannington Church, with the Bernardi Music Group performing. Their leader, Andrew Bernardi, plays a famous Stradivarius violin and he and his ensemble are well known for their wonderful performances in the Shipley Arts Festival in West Sussex and internationally. They are joined here by distinguished special guests Jill Kemp, Joanna Tomlinson, Evgenia Startseva and Esther Ward-Caddle.

Kate playing the recorder

“The concert begins with music by Vivaldi, Mozart, and Schubert and continues with an arrangement of Kate Cooper’s Piece for Violin and Cello played by assembled musicians.”

The premiere of Angelic Imagination, a song cycle for soprano and chamber ensemble composed by Stephanie Cant, with words by Peter Abbs, follows. It draws on Kate’s musical legacy, as does Wedding Songs for solo piano, which will be performed first by the composer.

Angelic Imagination is scored for soprano, recorder, percussion, piano, string quartet and double bass. Entwined amongst Stephanie’s music and readings of Peter’s poems, is a complete performance of the Telemann work which Kate played in 1991, arranged for recorder and string quartet. Stephanie Cant conducts.

Tickets £15 available online: or by phone from BrownPaperTickets on 0800 411 8881 See for more information.

Kate playing the recorder

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