Much-respected musical director

IN RESPONSE to the Herald’s tribute to the late Sir John Chatfield CBE, I would like to add one of my own.

Back in the sixties he made a great contribution to Eastbourne Operatic and Dramatic Society as our musical director.

I and my husband were (and are still) performing members of E.O.D.S.; we remember him particularly leading the orchestra for the society’s production of Chu Chin Chow, which was our first in the newly built Congress theatre in 1964.

In fact it was a family involvement. John’s father Cecil was a leading player for 30 years. A towering presence on stage with powerful bass voice. His mother Dorothy was a brilliant wardrobe mistress.

They were heady days; every night sold out.

Now, all amateur societies are struggling financially, but it is still a privilege to be a member. We remember John with great respect.

Valerie and Robin Quanstrom

Meads Road