Free concerts in Axminster still have lots to offer

PUBLISHED: 09:04 24 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:09 27 July 2017

The Minster at Axminster. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

The Minster at Axminster. Picture: CHRIS CARSON


Music will continue to flow on Thursday lunchtimes from The Minster until October.

Free concerts in Axminster are set to continue at The Minster until the autumn, with the venue filled with music each Thursday lunchtime.

The 33rd season of lunchtime concerts started in May and runs until October, each Thursday at 12.30pm, with a range of music on offer.

Jennifer Royle, who helps to organise the event said: “We have heard wonderful performances that demonstrate the wide range of musical skills that are to be found in Axminster and district.

“These have ranged from the jazz of Clive Smith to the well-formed harmonies of Axminster Chamber Choir and from the amazing keyboard wizardry of Peter Lea Cox and Richard Godfrey to the roof-raising beat of Saxminster.

“Many other musical styles have been heard.”

Other performers to have featured at the event have been pupils from St Mary’s RC Primary School, Axe Valley Academy and Colyton Grammar School.

These young musicians have displayed their musical talents and skills and continue to develop with the help of their dedicated teachers and are bringing enjoyment to many people.

There are many exciting concerts to come and details can be found in the brochures and posters around the town as well as the church porch.

Among those still to feature are some Scott Joplin rag-time, some beautiful songs from Mosaic and the return of Chris Gradwell, an accomplished clarinettist.

In addition, the Minster organ will be heard with two further recitals, while more young musicians, the Beacon Trio and others will perform, with other old and new friends, as the season continues.

Jennifer said: “We welcome a regular core of concert-goers each week, supplemented by many visitors and others who have carefully selected which music they wish to hear.

“Actually, we know that some have surprised themselves by cautiously listening to a new musical genre and enjoyed it!

“We are also very pleased to welcome residents from some of our residential homes each week.

“The ancient building fills with the buzz of people and the sound of music and we always welcome more.”

Although the concerts are free, and performers give their services freely, donations are invited for the upkeep of the fabric of the ancient church.

It is always open to serve the needs of the community but the house keeping bills are inevitably extensive and the concert season donations are used for this purpose.

Lunches are available, for which there is a suggested donation to cover the cost of the food.

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