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11:47 Wednesday 03 July 2013  Written by Francis Batt

Singer and actress Marina Banfield dies aged 76

Marina and her granddaughter Sian
Marina and her granddaughter Sian

A much-loved singer, actress and businesswoman has died at the age of 76.

Lifelong Windsorian Marina Banfield, of St Leonard's Hill, performed Verdi's Requiem with Marlow Community Choir at Eton College School Hall only six months ago.

For almost 20 years she sang with the Pro Musica Chorus of London appearing at the Royal Albert Hall, the Festival Hall, in Paris, Lyon, Barcelona and Instanbul.

Marina also played starring roles in musicals staged by local groups and companies - everything from Fiddler on the Roof and South Pacific to No Sex Please We're British.

When not on stage she helped her husband Bryan run his engineering company in Slough Trading Estate in the 1980s - later working with her son Mark to get his mortgage advice business in Maidenhead off the ground.

Mark said: "She was a remarkable lady. The chaps in the office worshipped her."

She combined her love of performing with her business skills when she formed Crescendo Costumes with two friends, providing costumes to local operatic societies.

Her involvement with Marlow Community Choir led to her being offered a part a year ago in the film Quartet, filmed at Hedsor House in Taplow and directed by Dustin Hoffman.

She met stars Dame Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon and Pauline Collins.

Marina loved the experience and registered with a casting agent, leading to television appearances including the Channel Five drama documentary Countdown to Murder filmed in April and due for showing in September.

Although she was ill she completed the part before being rushed into the Royal Berks hospital, where she died on June 6.

She leaves behind husband Bryan, daughter Carolyn, son Mark, his wife Helene and granddaughter Sian.

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