New chamber music festival to help West Meon church

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AFTER recording at a church for its last CD, a piano quartet is now helping to raise money for the building.

The Primrose Piano Quartet went to St John the Evangelist Church in West Meon when it needed a venue to perform in with a piano used by Brahms.

Cellist Andrew Fuller said: ‘The church has a fantastic acoustic for performing and after we recorded we put on a fundraising concert.

‘That was such a success that we decided to come back and put on a full festival.

‘It’s been exhausting getting it all ready as it has all had to be done from scratch, but we’re already looking at making it bigger for next year.’

Starting tomorrow night, there will be five concerts over three days.

Highlights including a concert of candlelit Viennese classics including Schubert’s Trout Quintet on Friday, Gipsy bagatelles and waltzes on Sunday with guest artist, local pianist Richard Saxel and members of the West Meon Theatre taking part in an evening exploring the love triangle between Brahms and the Schumanns.

Weekend passes are from £40, individual concerts are from £14. Tickets at westmeonmusic.co.uk or call (01730) 261199.