Concert-goers enjoy music in revamped Fareham church

Sarah Sanders playing the violin and Peter Hallam on the piano 
at the free lunchtime concert at Holy Trinity Church in Fareham Picture: Malcolm Wells (160531-5762)
Sarah Sanders playing the violin and Peter Hallam on the piano at the free lunchtime concert at Holy Trinity Church in Fareham Picture: Malcolm Wells (160531-5762)

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SCORES of people flocked to a concert at the newly-refurbished Holy Trinity Church.

The Fareham church hosted a free concert, with donations going to its church refurbishment fund.

The church, in West Street, embarked on a major fundraising drive in 2014 and it raised an impressive £500,000 within 18 months.

The money went towards fixing the church’s tower and clock – and turning the church into a more accessible community hub.

The fundraising is continuing, so that its improvements can carry on.

Yesterday a musical display was put on by father and daughter duo Peter Hallam and Sarah Sanders, playing the piano/organ and violin respectively.

Music played included the internationally-acclaimed works of Antonio Vivaldi, Fernand Halphen and Max Bruch.

The Rev Sally Davenport, rector of Holy Trinity Church, said: ‘We had good numbers turn up with over 90 people present. These free lunchtime concerts have been building up for about three years now and are gaining quite a gathering. The acoustics of the church really bring out the best in the organ and it makes a brilliant sound.’

The event was the start of monthly concerts, which will offer a different style with each event.

‘They will be happening throughout the summer, on the last Tuesday of every month,’ said Mrs Davenport.

‘Next month we have a homegrown musician called Karen Taylor; she used to be in the choir but is now at Guildford University. She will be playing the piano, organ and the clarinet, so it’ll be very different to Peter and Sarah’s performance.

‘We’re very fortunate to know so many incredible musicians, who are able to give us their extraordinary talents free of charge, all to support the local community.’

On Saturday, June 11, the church will also be hosting a celebration for the Queen’s 90th birthday, with music by the Gosport Solent Brass Band and afternoon tea.

Mrs Davenport said: ‘This will be our tribute to the Queen and her long life of devoted service. All are welcome to the celebration and you won’t need a ticket.’

Churchwarden Daphne Armstrong said she was looking forward to the party.

‘The event will take place on the lawns in front of the church,’ she said.

For more information, call the parish office on 01329 232688.