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Lunchtime church audience entertained with live music for the last time

Lunchtime church audience entertained with live music for the last time

Francis Batt

Lunchtime church audience entertained with live music for the last time

A musical tradition in Windsor ended on a sad but optimistic note last week.

After 19 years of entertaining lunchtime audiences on Wednesdays, the much loved concerts at the Parish Church in High Street finally came to an end.

Poignantly the last concert was performed on the cello by Sally Whale. It was Sally who suggested the concerts to her late father Canon Jeffery Whale, after one of her teachers at the Royal Academy of Music bemoaned the lack of opportunity for pupils to play in front of live audiences.

Over the years audience numbers for the concerts fell to 30, finally making them no longer financially viable.

But an appreciative audience of 60 turned up to hear the final one as Sally and Russian pianist Nadia Giliova played for them.

In the audience were former chairman of the concert committee Adrian Stabbins and his successor Reverend Jeremy Hurst - retired vicar of Langley.

Mr Hurst said: "There will be music at the church again but not in the same form or at the same time.

“The fall in audiences is really down to the changing times. When the concerts started 19 years ago live music was comparatively rare. Now it is everywhere and people can download music whenever they want it.

"Also, who can take an hour's lunch break these days to listen to a concert?"

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