Award-winner composer throwing fundraising concert for bell tower

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ONE of the country's finest church musicians is staging a special concert to raise money for the

church he got married in.

Award–winning composer, Francis Grier, who now lives in North London, is holding the concert at Inkberrow parish church to raise money for the Abbots Morton Bell Tower Appeal.

As previously reported, £40,000 is needed to repair the masonry of the bell tower of Abbots Morton's Grade I listed St Peter's church, Abbots Morton, near Inkberrow.

Mr Grier, who won a British Composer of the Year award in 2012 for his MIssa Brevis mass he wrote for St Paul's Cathedral, is performing in The Grier Trio on Saturday, July 19, along with his two daughters, 21-year-old violinist Savitri Grier and 19-year-old cellist Indira Grier.

The composer - who married his wife Anjali 24 years ago in St Peter's Church - will be playing a grand piano hired especially for the occasion from Vale Pianos

"I've a great affection for that beautiful Norman church and for the village, where my sister, Lynda, still lives," he said.

"I wanted to do what I could to help restore the church's 14th century bell tower and this concert with my two daughters seemed the natural thing to do".

Tickets are £15 and are available from The Forge Shop, in Inkberrow, or from Lynne Pemberton on 01386 792549. Doors at St Peter's church, Inkberrow, open at 7pm for the concert at 7.30pm.

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