Charity concert to welcome back a band of heroes to Dersingham

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After a last minute stand-in saved last year’s charity concert for a Dersingham church, the Friends of St Nicholas’ Church are back and are promising another successful night of festive fundraising.

For the seventh year of fundraising, the concer is to be soundtracked by Bilton Silver Rugby Band, who came to the rescue after the sudden disbanding of Norfolk Brass last year.

Nigel Sisson, of the Friends of St Nicholas’ Church, said: “We are particularly lucky and grateful to welcome back Bilton Silver Rugby Band with their distinguished principal conductor David Stowell.

“They came to our rescue at the last minute when the band we had booked split up and we had some drastic last-minute changes to make to our plans.”

Organisers hope the concert, which is to be held at the church on December 6, will attract at least 250 patrons, helping to support the church funds.

Mr Sisson said: “It is hugely popular and it makes a really festive evening as the church is running its Christmas Tree Festival at the same time.”

Back by popular demand, Bilton Silver Rugby Band will play a concert of seasonal music, all washed down with plenty of mulled wine and mince pies, with conductor David Stowell leading the performance.

The band has enjoyed success with David Stowell, bringing home trophies as Midlands Regional Champions and National Runners-up in the Second Section of the National Brass Band Championships in both 2012 and 2013.

David began his career at the Royal Military School of Music and has worked with many orchestras including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen. He has since appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, The Philharmonia and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

David has also worked as a composer on many television and radio productions including A Christmas Carol, The Letter, Anne Boleyn, All Talk, Unbeliever and IceBound, for which he was nominated for a Queens award for Television for Best Original Score.

He is now working on the music score for a major new film, Sariel, which is currently in production.

Over the last seven years, the Friends of St Nicholas’ Church first held the concert in 1994 to raise money for the maintenance and upkeep of the church.

They have since raised around £70,000 which has paid for chancel repairs, pews, flood lights, a new toilet and kitchen, an oil tank, to replace the heating system and provide shingle for the church paths among other things.

Chairman of the Friends, Keith Blythe, said: “We wish to preserve this fine historic building – the oldest in the village. Whilst many use the church to mark moments in their lives, the church is there for the general enjoyment and the appreciation of everyone.

“The Friends have the satisfaction of joining in the valuable task of helping to sustain this wonderful village asset.”

Tickets for the concert, which takes place on December 6 at 7.30pm, cost £9 in advance or £10 on the door. They can be booked by calling 01553 631124 or 01485 540865.

Mr Blythe added: “A warm welcome is offered to all to become a Friend, one of the benefits being the pleasure of actually seeing the results of support. For further information telephone the above numbers.”