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Diana Beckley MBE

It is with huge sadness that we share the death of our Trust's founding Treasurer, Diana Beckley MBE.

Diana and her husband Peter - to whom our heartfelt commiserations, admiration and respect, go out - did perhaps as much as any couple in England to support the people of our twinned city Novi Sad, during a time of extreme crisis during the 1990s, and worked tirelessly to extend those links and multiple affections between Norfolk and Vojvodina. It is somehow fitting she should have ended that mission in the city she loved, accompanied by the man with whom she shared this work.

In recent years, since she co-founded The Triorca Trust, nearly 400 of the most talented young musicians from the three regions of Vojvodina, Rheinland-Pfalz, and Norfolk, have gathered to perform extraordinarily exciting and moving concerts in Novi Sad, Koblenz and Norwich: this has been almost entirely due to Peter and Diana's vision, which we have been honoured and proud to help them realise.

Personally and professionally, we feel a debt beyond words: we promise to continue their work, and try to do some justice in all of this to Diana's name.

Waltraud Jarrold MBE, Trustee
Juliet Rickard, Director, Triorca international youth orchestra
Robert Rickard, Trustee
and on behalf of
Patron, Louis de Bernières
Artistic Director, Nicholas Daniel
and the many hundreds of young British, German and Serbian musicians who have directly benefited from Diana Beckley's dedication and work.

September 2017
The Triorca Trust
Registered Charity no. 1150633
Chairman: Peter Beckley MBE

Diana and Peter in their garden

Diana and Peter in their garden

The Future...
Following a hugely successful concert residential in Novi Sad in July, Triorca comes back to England in 2018: Open concert hall in Norwich, and the prestigious new concert venue, Saffron Hall, Hertfordshire.
Beyond that, we return to Koblenz in 2019, Norwich in 2020, and Novi Sad in 2021 - when it is European City of Culture: perhaps a good excuse for Triorca friends, family and supporters, to see (or re-visit?) this delightful, fascinating city.
NB raising the £30k required for each project round to make this work  will as always be hard, but we rely on the goodness and passion of all our sponsors and partners to make the work a little lighter!
Robert Rickard,
Triorca Trustee

Juliet Rickard (Director), and with Louis de Bernieres (Patron) at the Triorca launch at the Royal Norfolk Show, Summer 2017

Juliet Rickard (Director), and with Louis de Bernieres (Patron) at the Triorca launch at the Royal Norfolk Show, Summer 2011

Triorca is a new international youth orchestra made up of young musicians from Norfolk, England, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany and Vojvodina, Serbia.  Triorca gave its first concerts in Koblenz (July 2012), Novi Sad (December 2012) and Norwich and Aldeburgh (April 2013) to great acclaim. The orchestra will next perform in the Germany in July 2016.

Over 100 talented young musicians from Norfolk, Germany and Serbia are involved in Triorca, coming together for residential courses and concerts in each country, sharing their experiences and different cultural backgrounds. They will learn together and from each other, using the international language of music.

The musicians are from:

  • Norfolk County Youth Orchestra, Norfolk, England
  • Isidor Bajic Music School, Novi Sad, Serbia
  • Landesjugendorchester and Landesmusikgymnasium, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Triorca is funded by The Triorca Trust a registered charity (Charity no. 1150633) which is committed to providing financial support to enable young musicians from Norfolk, England; Vojvodina, Serbia and Rheinland Pfalz, Germany to take part in Triorca activities.

They are presently seeking sponsorship to help this important work to continue. For more details please email: jrickard@cym.org.uk

Louis de Bernieres Picture"One of the great things about the arts is the way that they foster friendships and collaborative projects all over the world and across all cultures. These networks, in their own small way, help towards the harmony of nations, and, artistically speaking, what could be more important than the constant refreshment brought about by cross-fertilisation? Serbs get to hear Greensleeves and a landler, perhaps, and Brits and Germans get to hear a Serbian circle dance. You pick up technical tips. Everyone is enriched. This new project has made me wish I was young again, and good enough to play in an orchestra!"
Author Louis De Bernieres
, Triorca Patron.
Image courtesy of Ivon Bartholomew


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