Young musicians are praised for helping boost church funds

Malcolm Warnes from the Music Service and vice-chairman Chris Dowling with SDYO members Helena Pearce, Abigail De Bruin and Sophie Baxter on the 'walk and play' event

Malcolm Warnes from the Music Service and vice-chairman Chris Dowling with SDYO members Helena Pearce, Abigail De Bruin and Sophie Baxter on the 'walk and play' event

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YOUNG musicians who took part in a series of special fundraising concerts in historic downland churches have been praised by the vice-chairman of East Sussex County Council.

Musicians from the South Downs Youth Orchestra (SDYO) played in the concerts as they strode out to nine churches on a sponsored ‘walk and play event’ on Saturday (April 2), raising more than £700 in the process – with further sponsorship money to come.

Vice-chairman Chris Dowling praised the charity push.

He said, “I was delighted to join the young musicians on what was a fantastic effort.

“They managed to walk a fair distance, with sections of the orchestra giving a concert at each church and then the full orchestra playing the last concert at Alfriston. The young people who gave up their free time to take part have helped to raise money for much needed church funds.”

The young players entertained audiences at churches at Folkington, Wilmington, Friston, West Dean, Jevington, Litlington, Alciston, Berwick and Alfriston. They performed music by Susato, Bach, Faure, Debussy, Mozart and Schubert.

The last concert at Alfriston was also attended by the chairman of the County Council, Rupert Simmons.

The young musicians aged 12-19 come from in and around the area now designated as the South Downs National Park.

The South Downs Youth Orchestra is part of the East Sussex Music Service, a County Council service which provides music tuition and teaching along with a whole host of concert groups, choirs, wind bands and ensembles.

For more general information about the county council’s music provision for children and adults visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk/music.