Glorious warm sunshine welcomed many people to Stony Stratford on Sunday 7th June – several events took place that day (the Classic Car rally in Market Square, the Big lunch with the Dakota flypast) and we timed Cream Teas and concert to coincide with both to pick up those who had attended either event and wanted some more refreshment as they made they way around the cars and watched the flypast.

Cream Teas in the sunshine

Cream Teas in the sunshine

As the weather was so good we had tables and chairs on the church lawn alongside the parish hall and a steady steam of people throughout the afternoon were served by Fiona, Nina, Anna, Margaret, Dai, Lesley, Sue and Dave, while the Millbrook ensemble tested the acoustic during their rehearsal in the church before they joined everyone in the hall for Cream Teas.

Three of the four members of the Millbrook Ensemble played for us: Charlotte Brennand on Piano, Louise Fuller on Violin and Rosalind Gladstone on Cello.

Louise, Charlotte and Rosalind

Louise, Charlotte and Rosalind

The concert at 4:30 pm was a lovely highlight of the weekend and a great way to finish the afternoon, the programme was:

  • Mozart Divertimento – Piano Trio in Bb K254 (Charlotte, Louise and Rosalind)
  • Franck Sonata for Violin and Piano in A (Louise and Charlotte)
  • Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D minor Op. 49 (Charlotte, Louise and Rosalind)

David was page turner for Louise (after doing this the previous evening at the Polymnia concert for Anna Le Hair).  Afterwards Louise sent us the following comment:

“Thank you for your brilliant organisation. The church was an excellent venue – a lovely place to play.”

We raised a total of £489.30 from this combined event for the organ casework.  Thank you to everyone who baked the multitude of scones, helped set up, serve refreshments and tidied up afterwards and a big special thank you to Louise, Charlotte and Rosalind for their wonderful music, which was the second event at the church as part of the annual StonyLive festival.

You can see photos of the Cream Teas and concert at https://www.flickr.com/photos/78058413@N06/sets/72157654503458546

Tagged: Charlotte Brennand, Concert, Cream teas, Cream-Tea, Fundraising-event, grand piano, Louise Fuller, Mendelssohn Piano Trio, Millbrook ensemble, Music for all at SMSG, Organ-fund, Rosalind Gladstone
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