With lighting rigs, loud speakers and a sound system, St Leonard’s Church in Grimsbury became a concert hall for four days last week.
The first ever Grimsbury Music Festival was organised by the church choir’s musical director, Kris Reeder, who recently became one of the youngest ever members of the Royal Academy of Arts in recognition of his services to music.
With the town mayor Sean Woodcock in attendance, the festival opened on Wednesday, August 20 with an evening of classical music led by the choir.
Audiences were also treated to organ solos from Pat Paginton and Sheila James, a flute solo from Caroline Molly and vocal solo from Charles Barber. Thursday saw jazz electro fusion being played by young pianist Francesco Lettieri, who flew in from Naples to take part.
Mr Reeder, playing bass trombone together with polish trumpeter Marcin Wolniewicz, rounded the evening off with new compositions and improvisations.
Friday night saw a small audience listening to experimental, avant garde, music composed by Mr Reeder. The festival ended on Saturday night with a celebration of young people’s involvement in the music. Church member Sue Aycliff said: “The festival is to become a yearly event with the aim of working towards building a better, diverse and inclusive future through music. Everyone who attended felt the event had been a success and we are all looking forward to next year, when we hope more local people will come forward to perform.”
The event was free but donations were taken towards upgrading the church. Pictures from the event will soon be available at www.saintle onards.org and samples of some of the music played will appear on www.K84.org