One Friday evening in June 2007 we hosted our first concert. In the audience was Rachel Fryer (the organiser), Peter and Jean from the church on refreshments plus just one other person.
We held a few concerts that year – managing to reach double figures and even as many as 30 or 40 in one concert.
Since then the concerts have gone from strength, attracting people from the local community and beyond.
Initially there was no heating so concerts only took place in the summer months. A committee was formed in 2011 and heating was installed in 2012, meaning concerts could go on throughout the year.
Fast forward 15 years. We held a really successful piano renovation programme, we’ve come through covid and were one of the first places in the area to start up live concerts with new guidelines in place and we now have over 500 people on our mailing list.
So what better way to celebrate the return of live music and our 15 year anniversary than by holding a festival. As musicians are donating their time for free we’re using the opportunity to raise money for the Red Cross who are helping people in Ukraine and other war-torn countries.
Here’s a schedule for the day:
4-5.30pm: A wide variety of music performed by solos, duos and ensembles including Ellie Blackshaw (violin) , Rachel Fryer (piano), Steve Dummer (clarinet), Linda Atkinson (clarinet), Paul Gregory (guitar), Nelly Zhang (piano) students from BHASVIC and more besides
**BREAK with light refreshments from Marine Cuisine **
6.30-7.15pm More musical treats and Ukrainian classical pianist Ivan Hovorun
**BREAK with hot refreshments from Marine Cuisine **
8-9pm Local band Rosie Brown and Jazz Pianist Terry Seabrook with Geoff Simkins on Saxophone.
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Tickets are £5 per person per concert or all 3 for £12. Under 16s free
Available on the door or email for a prepayment link.