A reminder that this Sunday, a special and unique event at St Peter’s takes place, following a wedding the previous day. St Peter’s is undergoing an amazing transformation today, with flowers arranged by a London florist, that will remain in the church for the community and wider audience to enjoy on Sunday. The family have generously offered this in the hope that much need funds will be raised for the upkeep of the church building.
Why not come along to enjoy this lovely display and enjoy a cream tea at the Community Hall afterwards?
Cream Teas will begin and run every Sunday afternoon from Sunday 27th June, and hopefully, until the end of September. The church will be open for visitors as usual, but to provide toilets and handwashing facilities, the Cream Teas will now be held in the Community Hall. Home made cakes and scones available for purchase as well as plants and produce.
As part of the month long Festival of Archaeology in Leicestershire & Rutland https://leicsfieldworkers.org/festival-of-archaeology/ these guided tours will highlight the tremendous history of the church from an early medieval naked figure, the 16th Century martyr Laurence Saunders, 18th Century eccentric and visionary William Hanbury and organ casing for the first performance in a parish church of Handel’s Messiah, to the beautiful renovations designed by the architect Joseph Goddard.
Adults £4 Cash only on the day please. Children FREE.
September 2009 was a special year for St Peter’s Church – as it was the 250th anniversary of the first performance of Handel’s great oratorio, ‘Messiah‘ in a parish church in England.
The first performance was held as part of Rev. William Hanbury’s music festival, one of a number that he organised to help raise funds for his grand vision for St Peter’s Church.
This anniversary concert was held in September 2009 and we are delighted to share the programme and four tickets as part of our Heritage Archive.
The performance featured soloists, Felicity Lott and Elizabeth Hoyle, sopranos, Michael Bundy, Bass, Julian Perkins, Harphsicord, Andrew King, organ and the Harborough Singers. Narrator, Gabriel Woolf, English Pro Musica. It was conducted by David Beavan.
Here are the individual pages of the programme which make great reading! Just click on an image to enlarge and read.
Were you at the concert? Did you take part? It would be lovely to hear your memories…