Special Payhembury concert raises funds for church and guide dogs charity

PUBLISHED: 15:00 22 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:01 27 June 2017

Tale Valley Choir during the performance.

Tale Valley Choir during the performance.

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The performance, put on by Tale Valley Choir and new ensemble 'Bassoonery' took place at Payhembury Church.

Members of Bassoonery posing outside the church before the concert with guide dog trainer Jason Mann, guide dog owner John Evans and guide dogs Yvonne and Johnny.Members of Bassoonery posing outside the church before the concert with guide dog trainer Jason Mann, guide dog owner John Evans and guide dogs Yvonne and Johnny.

A sell-out concert in Payhembury has raised vital funds for two causes.

The special event, put on by Tale Valley Choir and new ensemble ‘Bassoonery’ took place at Payhembury Church to raise money for the building and Guide Dogs for the Blind.

The event, which raised £800, was made more special by the attendance of four guide dogs, who were well-behaved throughout.

The choir, directed by Emma Palmer, is comprised of local voices united by a love for singing.

Familiar to some audience members were old favourites such as Paul Simon’s “Under African Skies” as well as newer experimental pieces including “A Cat Meditating”.

The stage was shared with “Bassoonery”, a new ensemble formed under the direction of local musical director Alan Boxer.

The powerful and upbeat sound joined the choir for the final song “All God’s Creatures” - a nod to the canine members of the audience.

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