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Concert raises £2,000 for church
12:00am Sunday 7th October 2012 in News
A CONCERT to help repair a vandalised church has raised more than £2,000.
St Mary’s Church, in Andover, hosted Rule Britannia on Saturday with Test Valley Brass.
The evening – which more than 150 people attended – was in support of St Mary’s and Andover Rebuild Together (SMART), a campaign to repair the church building and to make it inclusive for community groups.
Alec Grimsey, of Test Valley Brass, said: “The concert included Pomp and Circumstance, Jerusalem and Rule B r i t a n n i a where the audience was delighted to join in, wave flags and sing along.
“Test Valley Brass also performed the p i e c e H i g h l a n d C a t h e d ra l , which was made famous by the film Four Weddings and A Funeral, which highlighted the talents of 15-year-old Dermot MacDonald on bagpipe.”
Peter Heslop, chairman of Test Valley Brass, said: “The proms concert was simply outstanding. Never before can I remember where the audience has had so much fun and enjoyment while raising funds for such a wonderful cause.
“Test Valley Brass takes great pride from its active role in the community and is only too pleased to help raise funds for such a magnificent cause.”
T h e SMART project was developed by church and community leaders after the repeated theft of lead and subsequent damage to the interior of the church and its pipe organ.
It aims to adapt the facility into a multi-function building that will incorporate a place of worship and a function area for community events.
Already money has been borrowed to enable many areas of the church to undergo essential repairs, including a new heating system, repair of the organ and to several parts of the roof.
The Rev Canon John Harkin, vicar of St Mary’s Church and area dean of Andover Deanery, said: “We are greatly encouraged by all who came to the concert to help us raise funds for St Mary’s and Test Valley Brass, but also in support of the wonderful instrumentalists and singers, as well as all the volunteers who have worked countless hours helping to put the event together.
“The acoustics in this church are absolutely wonderful for concerts like these.”