Successful lunchtime concert at Sidmouth Parish Church

PUBLISHED: 14:37 07 March 2009 | UPDATED: 08:42 18 June 2010

THE first ever lunchtime concert held at Sidmouth Parish Church has raised more than £1,000 for its re-ordering appeal.

THE first ever lunchtime concert held at Sidmouth Parish Church has raised more than £1,000 for its re-ordering appeal.

Around 100 people heard a mix of classical and contemporary music on Friday, and enjoyed sandwiches in the pews afterwards.

The event raised £561 but was boosted by a £500 donation.

Since the appeal's launch last September, parishioners have collected £90,000 towards their £250,000 share of the £500,000 re-ordering cost, and many have devised interesting ways of money-making.

This time it was the turn of the Rector's wife, Ruth James, who organised two concerts. They may become a regular event if successful.

Herself a violinist, Mrs James has played at other church concerts and knows members of Friday's musicians, The Beacon Trio - Joyce Clarke, piano, Anna Cockroft, violin and Ruth Lass on cello.

Mrs James said: "We have never had anything like it here. It is a new venture that filled a gap and brought everyone together in a new way."

Joy Peers, Valerie Chapman and Robbie Richards prepared and served sandwiches and drinks, while curate Valéry Dunn organised publicity.

Rector, the Reverend Prebendary David James thanked the musicians for giving their time for the fundraiser and added: "There are more events in the planning, including a summer evening of music and food.

"We are hoping to start work on the re-ordering in April."

Singers Jacqui and John Kitchiner, accompanied by Frances Waters, piano, and Helen Organ on flute, will perform at the second lunchtime concert on Friday, March 27.

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