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In 2016 Annie decided to step down from the Equity Council, after serving for 32 years (a record!), but not before she was awarded Honorary Life Membership for services to the Union, which included successful lobbying the Government for a change in the Entertainment Licensing Law.

Jazz gigs seem to be increasingly thin on the ground, but Annie occasionally gives talks on her 50 years in the Business, with humerous anecdotes and clips of TV shows she has appeared in.

And she also concentrates more on devising concerts for her chamber choir, The Friends` Musick. In 2016 she produced two musical tributes to Shakespeare, whose 400th anniversary (of his death) was commemorated across the UK. On 23rd April 2016 she produced "Once more unto the Breach..."  at the Actors` Church, Covent Garden, with actors playing scenes(directed by the acclaimed theatre director Tricia Thorns) and the Mock Tudor Band and The Friends` Musick - all in period costume. In October Annie produced a similar show, "All the World`s a Stage" for the Herne Hill Music Festival, at St Paul`s Church.

Further notes from Annie:

Other concerts performed by The Friends` Musick in 2017 with our brilliant new (young)  Musical Director:

Lent concert at St Augustine`s Church, One Tree Hill, Honor Oak on Palm Sunday, 9th April.

Now is the Month of Maying at St Mary Magdalenes Church, Regent`s Park, May 28th. This concert was in aid of Famine Relief in East Africa (Unicef).

One Tree Hill Music Festival in July, at St Augustine`s, with the Mock Tudor Band

Up With Your Song (women composers 1120 to 1910) - from Hildegard the Nun to Dame Ethel Smyth. At Christ`s Chapel, Dulwich Village SE21, in aid of victims of Hurricane Irma (Unicef).

We plan to perform this again in 2018, to commemorate the centenary of Women`s Suffrage, so we`re looking for venues.

Our final performance in 2017 will be at the annual Nine Lessons & Carols by Candlelight at the Actors` Church, Covent Garden on 17th December. The readers include Jo Brand and former East Enders star, Founding Chair of Stonewall and former MEP Michael (now Lord) Cashman. This is always a popular event, so people are advised to arrive early. The service starts at 3pm and doors open at 2.30.

Further info on The Friends` Musick:  http://thefriendsmusick.co.uk