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Chilton church stages bassoon concert to raise money for new installation

Teenage bassoon player Francis Bushell. Picture: Tony Flashman FM4202686 (3704614)
Teenage bassoon player Francis Bushell. Picture: Tony Flashman FM4202686 (3704614)

A teenage bassoon player filled a redundant church in Chilton with the sounds of classical music when he performed a fundraising concert at the weekend.

Wakes Colne resident Francis Bushell, 18, a semi-finalist of the BBC Young Musician of the Year award, played music by Elgar, Miroshnikov, Devienne and Hurlstone in St Mary’s Church in Saturday.

Refreshments were provided by the Friends of St Mary’s, and a retiring collection at the concert was held by Churches’ Conservation Trust, in order to raise money to install a composting toilet.

David Tibbetts-Chaplin, chairman of the trustees, who look after the building, said: “We were very glad to welcome Francis on Saturday evening.

“As a redundant church, in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust, it is great that St Mary’s is still in use by the community it was built to serve.”


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