Friends of St Marys Croscombe - Protecting Church Heritage

Musical Bells fundraiser event raises over £800

It’s not unusual for St Mary’s Church, Croscombe to be filled with the sound of beautiful music, but last night we perhaps hit another level.    Village residents Suzanne Bareau (Violin) and James Swainson (Viola/Violin) brought together friends, Lucy White (Violin), Jane Hyland (Cello) and Tony Bevan (Organ) to perform in aid of the friends of St Mary’s Croscombe Bells Appeal.

On the night we raised over £800, with more than 100 people in attendance.

Suzanne and James are both Royal Academy of Music trained and have had a career that has seen them travel the world with renowned orchestras.  The programme was full of delights including Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Mozart’s Divertimento K136, Haydn: 2nd Movt. From String Quartet, Op.76 No.3 (“Kaiser Quartet”), Elgar: Salut D’Amour, Chanson de Matin and Beethoven: Scheizo & Finale (Presto) from String Trio in G major.

There was also less familiar but equally pleasing: Arcangelo Corelli, Church Sonata No.1 and a beautiful organ piece played by Tony Bevan: Prelude “Eine Feste Burg by Johann Pachelbel.

The performance ended with Scott Joplin’s Country Club and Paragon Rag to a rapturous and appreciative audience.

This was a Friends of St Mary’s Croscombe event in aid of the The Bells Appeal.  It is 91 years since the last major overhaul, and the bell installation is showing signs of wear and tear. Reports by professional bell engineers indicate that a thorough restoration of all the moving parts is required.

The PCC does not have the resources to fund this project, so it is necessary to make a special appeal and here is where the Friends of St Mary’s Church Croscombe comes in to start a campaign to the raise the funds.   It is hoped to obtain substantial assistance from various Trusts, but we also depend heavily on local support.

Whatever you feel able to give will be thankfully received and faithfully applied.

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