A Chester woman has been presented with a prize for her outstanding contribution to music in the city community.
Lila Hallett from Chester Music Society has been presented with the Lady Hilary Groves Prize for 2016.
The presentation was made by Peris Roberts, Chester board member of Making Music, the national organisation for amateur music societies, at St Mary’s Creative Space.
Lila has worked as programme secretary and committee member for Chester Music Society for 32 years and devoted her life to participating in and involving others in the field of music, particularly young people.
Now in her 80s, Lila has been a piano teacher and accompanist since she was 17, as well as a music teacher in four Chester schools for 20 years, a lifelong accompanist to musicians for concerts and examinations, and pianist for ballet classes.
Over the years, she has organised numerous musical events for fund raising activities for charities such as The British Heart Foundation, Friends of the Phil and the Breast Care Unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital..
Lila was instrumental in proposing the recent Young Musician of Chester competition and, as accompanist and supporter, in helping to establish the Chester Music Society Youth Choir in 1988.
Numerous individuals and organisations in Chester owe much to Lila’s support, and the Lady Hilary Groves Prize recognises her enormous contribution to Chester’s amateur music scene over many decades.
John Gough, senior tutor in piano at Royal Northern College of Music said: “In my view music in Chester and district would have been much poorer without Lila’s considerable and unstinting input and foresight.”