Tributes to musical Eastbourne woman at the heart of town’s cultural life

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People will gather to remember a well-loved Eastbourne woman who was at the heart of the town’s cultural life for many years.

The funeral of Brenda Webb, who recently died at the age of 94, will take place at Eastbourne Crematorium on November 20, at 1pm.

A lover of music and singing, Brenda formed the Webb Singers and was a member of the Eastbourne Choral Society.

Her close friend of 40 years Elizabeth Muir-Lewis said, “Her interests were many. Particularly for music.

“She supported a major prize at the Royal Academy of Music, and was involved in an international concert series in Eastbourne. She herself had a lovely soprano voice which she used to entertain people.

“Apart from these many interests, Brenda was a warm personality who attracted people to her. Even in her last days she had friends and family constantly around her.

“She lived a life of variety and unselfish generosity to all who knew her”

Elizabeth and Brenda founded a lunch club, and they presented international musicians to the town.

Liz Barker, chair of Eastbourne Choral Society said, “Brenda used to be a very active member of our society.

“She was well respected not only for her singing, and her lovely personality but also for her support of the society.

“This support continued after she left the choir. She continued to come to our concerts until she became too infirm to do so.

“The choir will always be grateful for the contribution she made to the life and success of the society.”

Brenda was also a trustee of the Richard Lewis Award charity, and funded a pianists prize to compliment the vocal awards.

This takes place in the Royal Academy of Music, where there is a plaque to the ‘Webb Award’.