Getting a Handel on 300 years of music

Pianist Rachel Winfield, organist Rodney Britten and narrator Susan Hensman-Wright at the Jubilee Celebration of Music with Royal Connections at St Mary and St Nicolas Church. Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG050612-17MD
Pianist Rachel Winfield, organist Rodney Britten and narrator Susan Hensman-Wright at the Jubilee Celebration of Music with Royal Connections at St Mary and St Nicolas Church. Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG050612-17MD
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FRIENDS of St Mary and St Nicolas Parish Church in Spalding welcomed around 100 people to a special concert, a Jubilee Celebration of Music with Royal Connections.

Organist Rodney Britten, pianist Rachel Winfield and narrator Susan Hensman-Wright took the audience on a journey in words and music through the reigns of ten monarchs, from George I to Elizabeth II.

Music included our Queen’s own romantic favourite, the Rogers and Hammerstein classic People Will Say We’re in Love, and William Walton’s Crown Imperial, which first featured at George V’s coronation.

The concert began with Handel’s The Water Music and Hallelujah Chrous and ended with rousing renditions of Parry’s Jerusalem and Elgar’s Land of Hope and Glory.

Sponsors were Barclays Bank – who match-funded money collected on the day – and that means around £1,000 will assist the friends’ project to restore the Perry Memorial and re-site it in a more prominent place at the west end of the church.