Music for all at St Albans church

MUSIC across the generations was performed in a fundraising concert by young people which was held in a city centre church on Sunday.

The non-stop music and dancing concert at St Peter’s Church, St Albans, featured mainly teenage performers with classical solos and duets, pop bands, dancing and saxophone and horn soloists.

Families and friends worked together to produce a range of music from classical string trios to a medley of songs from old time and modern musicals.

Head girl chorister, Bex Ellis, organised the event which began shortly after midday and finished at 6.30pm with support from the church’s director of music Nick Robinson and assistant organist Alex Flood.

Bex, who has sung in the St Peter’s choir since she was seven, said: “We are hoping to raise at least �3,000 towards the work being done on creating a new Memorial Garden for the burial of ashes in the north-east corner of the churchyard.”

The garden is one of many changes to the churchyard in the last couple of years which has included the removal of unsafe trees, the clearance of dense shrub and the thinning of the tree canopy to let in more light.

A fledgling orchard grown from Hertfordshire’s heritage fruit stock is already taking root and a corner of the churchyard is being left unmown in the spring and summer months to encourage wild flowers to return.