The proms on the car park

Windmill Music Club founder Bettina Houlder (standing) and guests at Swineshead Village Hall.
Windmill Music Club founder Bettina Houlder (standing) and guests at Swineshead Village Hall.

The pleasure of seeing violinist Adelia Myslov and pianist Craig White play in Swineshead makes you wonder why Windmill Music Club isn’t more widely known.

Founded by retired music teacher Bettina Houlder in 1962, the club is hosting a monthly programme of recitals featuring flute, harp, piano and violin at Swineshead Village Hall between September 2014 and May 2015.

Recent guest musician, Russian-born violinist Adelia Myslov.

Recent guest musician, Russian-born violinist Adelia Myslov.

Bettina said: “I was teaching music at the Gleed Girls’ School in Spalding and I wanted to take some children to see the Halle Orchestra in Sheffield.

“But the girls said they couldn’t afford it, so I went to the headmistress and asked her ‘what would you think if I brought some famous people to the school to play music for the students and then opened it up to the adults in the evening’?

“She said ‘go for it’ and it went very well until I retired which was when I decided to have concerts at my house in Swineshead where I have a grand piano.”

For the last two or three years, the same grand piano has had pride of place on the village hall stage where Romanian pianist Florian Mitrea, Japanese concert pianist Haruko Seki and, most recently, Myslov and White have brought a flavour of the Proms to Swineshead.

Bettina said: “I try to get international prize winners to come to play music of the highest standard and we’re very lucky to have nine concerts in the coming 2014-15 season.”

For more details, call Bettina on 01205 820246.