Resonate Strings

Members of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra perform at St Andrew’s, Charmouth

The acoustic quality of St Andrew’s church, unique within the village, was demonstrated to its very best effect on Friday 19th October when the first professional classical concert was held.

Charmouth was very fortunate to be able to host a string quintet from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Resonate Strings, who played a varied programme of well-known and less well-known classical works by composers including Bach, Vivaldi, Borodin, Brahms, Elgar and Scott Joplin – in other words, something for everybody. We were very pleased to welcome the members of the quintet who were: Penny Tweed- first violin, Vicky Berry – second violin, Judith Preston – viola, Kate Keats – ‘cello and Andy Baker on double bass.

The event was jointly organised within the village by the St Andrew’s Changing Spaces team and the Charmouth Events Committee thanks to the latter’s membership of Artsreach. Charmouth Events Committee put on events for the local community with any profits raised being donated back to voluntary organisations within Charmouth Village. The Changing Spaces team’s main objective is to restore the church to its former glory, not only as a place of worship, but also as an inclusive community space for exhibitions and concerts of various forms.

An audience of just over 100 were spellbound by the cathedral-like sound that we all experienced and rewarded the performers with a standing ovation at the end. Many of the members of the audience remarked on the desirability of renovating the church for performances like they had just heard. Even the members of the quintet remarked on how good the acoustics were and how they enjoyed performing at St Andrew’s. They expressed the hope that they would be able to return for another concert in the future. And so say all of us!

Roger Sansom

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