Monday, 11 April 2016

Special Concert for the St Mary's Church Bell Tower Appeal

On Thursday 5th May at 7pm there will be a special concert in St Mary’s Church Berkeley, given by the Berkeley Ensemble conducted by Lord Berkeley of Knighton CBE; the great-grandson of the 7th Earl of Berkeley. 

Michael Berkeley is the internationally renowned classical composer and conductor, who also presents the radio programme “Private Passions” weekly on BBC Radio 3. The concert will include Michael’s Clarinet Quintet, a String Trio by his father Lennox and two works by Mozart. After the concert there will a reception in the Great Hall of the Castle, where concert-goers can chat with the performers and enjoy a fork buffet with wine.  Before the concert there will be fascinating early evening guided tours of the Castle, starting between 5pm and 5.30pm.

The concert has been organized by one of the Patrons, Rt. Hon. Lord Cope of Berkeley, former MP for Berkeley and Minister of State in Margaret Thatcher’s and John Major’s Governments.

Concert tickets cost £30 for Nave seats and £20 for Aisle seats. Tickets for the Reception, which are limited and only available with a concert ticket, also cost £30 while pre-concert tours are £15. Tickets are only available from the booking agency; Brown Paper Tickets on 0800 411 8881 (24 hrs, ask for the Special Berkeley Concert) or at

This exciting concert will help to raise the £50,000 still needed to complete the restoration of St Mary’s bell tower so that these ten bells, including the two Great War memorial bells, can ring out for the Armistice centenary in 2018.

If you aren't able to attend the event but would like to help support the Bell Tower Appeal, please contact Reverend Richard Avery for any queries or to make a donation-

Written By: Steve Chandler JP

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