One of the most beautiful of the downland churches, St Mary the Virgin North Stoke near Amberley, will be the magical setting for a summer concert and picnic on Saturday July 12 at 6.30pm.
The concert will feature the Rose Trio, a group of three sisters who play clarinet, oboe and bassoon. Rebecca, Suzanne and Tamsin Thorn will present a varied programme of music by Mozart, Gershwin, Francaix, Seiber and Dring.
Sisters Becky, Suzie and Tammy have been making music together since Tammy, the youngest, was just 5 years old.
All former members of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, in 2006 they started to explore the repertoire for their combination of wind instruments when they were all studying in London.
They established themselves as the Rose Trio and went on to become winners of the Ensemble Prize at the Royal Over-Seas League Competition in 2010. They were chosen to take part in the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme and now have a busy concert schedule which takes them all over the UK.
Patrons are invited to bring a picnic to enjoy in North Stoke Farmhouse garden after the concert. Tickets are £15 which will include a glass of wine. The event will raise money for The Friends of the Wildbrooks Churches and The Churches Conservation Trust.
Since 1988 annual summer concerts at North Stoke Church have been popular local events, so popular that the Church is frequently filled to capacity with late-comers sitting on the grass outside!
Call for tickets on 01798 831242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Report and picture contributed by Glenys Rowe.