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Are you coming to the Choral Evensong that will help musicians…?

The church of St Mary the Virgin, Orchardleigh (BA11 2PH) will celebrate its patronal festival with a Festal Choral Evensong at 6.00pm on Sunday 16th August.

The collection taken at the service will help support the work of HelpMusiciansUK –

The charity said, “Help Musicians UK is here for musicians throughout their careers That’s why we’re here and we’ve been here for  94 years. Since 1921, we’ve helped thousands of musicians. As well as providing advice and guidance, we give financial and emotional support. For many, we are a lifeline.

“We play a vital role supporting working musicians who are dealing with an illness, injury or accident. We give financial grants to pay for medical treatment, specialist therapies and living costs.

“We aim to get musicians back to work as soon as possible but sometimes a long-term illness or disability can make this impossible. Such life-changing circumstances can be hard to accept and deal with. We are here to provide one-on-one help and support.”

The service at Orchardleigh on 16th August includes music by Charles Wood and Antonin Dvorak and concludes with ‘extended voluntaries’ of organ music by John Alcock, William Walton, Louis Vierne and Edward Elgar.

The Church of St Mary dates back to the 14th Century and sits on a moated island adjacent to the lake on the Orchardleigh estate and due to its location has no electricity and all services are illuminated by candlelight and the organ is pumped by hand!