Ivor Novello - Man of the Theatre event, 3 Feb 2018

This event has now taken place. Thank you for all your support. Future events will be listed on our Concerts page.

Ivor Novello – Man of the Theatre
with Canon David Nason 
at Hollybank House,
PO10 7UN

Saturday, 3 February 2018
7 for 7.15 pm
Fizz & Finger Buffet before concert 

Black tie optional - a chance to dress up for this fundraising event in aid of Westbourne Church Restoration Trust.

This event has now occurred. Thank you to everyone for supporting it and especially to Canon David Nason for the performance and Hollybank House for providing the venue.


David Nason

David is a Canon Emeritus of Chichester Cathedral where he spent 25 years as Priest Vicar and Senior Master in the Cathedral School before retiring in 2014. He started to learn the piano at a very early age and soon found that his interest lay in the realms of light music, including Ivor Novello, rather than in the classical repertoire. David has presented ‘Ivor Novello – Man of the Theatre’ on many occasions and in many venues including Ivor’s homeland of Wales.

He is also passionate about 19th century Italian Opera and for 10 years spent part of the summer in Italy lecturing at the Verdi Festival in Verona. In 2018, he is looking forward to a new venture as a guest speaker on river cruises on the River Danube.

More about Ivor Novello

Novello dominated the British theatre scene for most of the first half of the twentieth century. Although born in Cardiff in 1893, he made his home at No 11 Aldwych, just off the Strand, in the centre of London. There is a blue plaque commemorating this at the entrance to the property. From a very young age he was an adored matinee idol appearing in numerous films and plays many of which he had written himself.

It was, however, in 1935 that he wrote the first of the great musicals for which he is remembered today. (Glamorous Night, Perchance to Dream, Crest of the Wave, Careless Rapture….) Until his untimely death in 1951 there was never a time when there was not a Novello musical filling a West End or provincial theatre, often with Ivor himself playing the leading role. In every sense of the word Ivor Novello was truly a man of the theatre.

He was memorably brought to life for a present-day generation in the film Gosford Park, where Jeremy Northam played him.

How to get your ticket

Tickets £20 from WFW Art & Framing, The Square, Westbourne or sign-up list in the Welcome Area, St John the Baptist Church. [This event has now taken place]

Car Parking available.

Thomas Blower


The Westbourne Church Restoration Trust (WCRT Charity Number 1015673) was created in 1992. Its aim is the preservation, repair, maintenance, upkeep and restoration of St John the Baptist Church in Westbourne.

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