Music students prepare for church concerts

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Tickets are now on sale for two concerts by music students of The Yorke Trust, based in South Creake.

These will be held at St Nicholas’ Chapel in Lynn on Friday, April 8, and at St Mary’s Church, South Creake, the following evening; both will start at 7pm, featuring Mozart’s Vespers K.339 and Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Little Organ Mass.

Founded 32 years ago by Rodney Slatford OBE, former freelance double bassist with the English Chamber Orchestra and Nash Chamber Ensemble, the Yorke Trust provides high quality training for young musicians and aspiring professionals.

The trust’s annual Easter choral course has been running since 1994 with the aim of introducing young singers and musicians to some of the great sacred choral repertoire that they may not otherwise encounter in their professional training.

The Creakes Student Chorus and Sinfonia gives a platform at the conclusion of the course for these emerging performers to explore new ground.

It is also the trust’s policy to give opportunities to aspiring young conductors, and for the Lynn and South Creake concerts the conductor will be James Hendry, assistant director of the Hallé Youth Choir who is currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music.

The course director is Alexander Crowe, a regular visitor to South Creake, who has worked throughout Europe.

Lynn’s magnificent 600-year-old St Nicholas’ Chapel has recently re-opened after massive restoration. The chapel’s eight bells have been re-hung and, as a dress rehearsal for The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, a Quarter Peal (lasting 45 minutes) will be rung before the concert - only the second time since the restoration.

St Mary’s Parish Church at South Creake is another of Norfolk’s architectural gems and a favourite of the late John Betjeman. Tickets for both concerts are £18 and can be booked at The York Trust in South Creake (01328 823502) or go to