St Mary's Church in Lydiard Park to host ‘Airs from the Isles’ concert

By Ben Fitzgerald - 9 April 2019

CommunityArts and CultureHeritage

St Mary’s Church in Lydiard Park hosts the fifth of its popular summer concerts on Saturday, 8 June and this time with a twist! Concert-goers will have the unique opportunity to experience firsthand the working environment of conservation experts restoring the nationally important, historic interior of the church.

 
Local ladies’ choir, Wentworth Voices, and the Strictly Recorders group, will combine with vocal and instrumental soloists young and old to raise funds for the restoration project.  The varied programme of light music will also feature poetry readings from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland - all held against the backdrop of scaffolding!   
 
Paul Gardner, Conservation Project Chair, says: “We are delighted to host this celebration of musical talent again, especially now that everyone who attends can see evidence of the actual work in progress - the result of their generous giving towards the restoration of the church to its full glory.” 
 
All proceeds from the concert will go towards the National Heritage Lottery Fund Project for the church, focussed on restoring the medieval wall paintings, seventeenth century monuments, ancient carved woodwork and starry chancel ceiling, all listed in the Church of England’s list of top 100 Church Treasures Appeal.  Also included in the project will be access improvements, new heating and lighting, imaginative interpretation and lively education programmes.   
 
The concert starts at 7.30pm with tickets £5 available on the door and refreshments will served in the interval.  

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