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Family trio tune up to help save church
5:00pm Monday 21st October 2013 in News
ONE of the UK’s top composers is donating the funds from a classical music concert to help fund repairs to a 14th century church bell tower near Bidford where he got married.
Pianist Francis Grier and his wife, Anjali, married at Abbots Morton Parish church in 1990.
The 58-year-old, who performs with his two daughters Savitri and Indira as The Grier Trio, is playing a concert to raise money for the church’s bell tower appeal.
As previously reported, £40,000 is needed to repair the crumbling stonework needs to be carried out on the bell tower of St Peter’s Church following a routine five-year inspection.
A fund-raising committee has been set up from the members of the Abbots Morton Parochial Church Council and it is hoped it can raise the funds within two years.
Mr Grier, who was organist at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, has composed many large choral works and was a winner at the British Composer Awards in London last December.
His parents lived in Abbots Morton and his sister, Lynda Payne, is still in the village.
She said: “I’m delighted and so grateful to Francis and my two nieces for giving their time to help the church.
“St Peter’s means a lot to them and it will be a very special occasion for all those who know them and remember them here.” The concert, for piano, violin and cello, is on Saturday, July 19 next year at Inkberrow Parish Church.
Tickets are £15 and available from Lynne Pemberton on 01386 792549
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