Musical tribute to Hartlepool pianist

Laurie Giles
Laurie Giles

A HARTLEPOOL pianist who encouraged young musical talent to shine will be remembered at a special recital.

Laurie Giles was the founder of the Hartlepool Youth Brass Band and lived in the town with his wife, Nora, before he sadly passed away in January this year, aged 82.

Laurie was well known for presenting Sounds Orchestral on what was then Great North Radio and was also conductor of the Teesside University Orchestra.

He was chairman of Sunderland Pianoforte Society for 12 years and was responsible for establishing its Young Pianists Festival in 2003.

A musical tribute to Laurie will take place at the Museum and Winter Gardens, in Sunderland, later this month combining his two loves of piano and fostering the talent of future musicians.

Lily Scott, secretary of Sunderland Pianoforte Society, said: “He had a great passion for encouraging young people’s talent.

“He set up the first festival in 2003 and it was so successful that it was held again in 2005, 2007 and 2009.

“His tireless efforts will always be remembered by our society and also by the other organisations with which he was involved.”

The tribute to Laurie will be held in the Pottery Room in the Museum and Winter Gardens on Tuesday, May 21 from 7.15pm.

Tickets are £8 on the door and under 16s go free.