The inaugural fund raising event of The Friends of St Hubert’s Church Idsworth, took place on Saturday 12th November. Standing isolated amidst misty rolling downland, the church hosted an atmospheric evening of musical harmony. With the pews full and the candles flickering a new chapter in the Church’s thousand year history had begun to come alive.
After an introduction by Roger Walker, Chairman of the Friends and a few words of welcome from Councillor Keith Chapman, Chairman of Hampshire County Council the concert began:
First up was a performance by Cantores Episcopi of Winchester College. Their stunning close harmony singing echoed back to the musical traditions of a much earlier period. Led by their inspirational conductor, Jamal Sutton, the group fused ancient with modern to widespread acclaim from an enthusiastic audience.
The Free Radicals, a close harmony choral group from Petersfield led by Steve Sargent were next to perform with a varied selection of songs. Steve got everyone involved, dividing the audience into groups for two pieces that raised the roof. A wonderful rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody closed their set.
The evening concluded with the Chairman offering his grateful thanks to all the performers who had so generously given their time and pronounced all as Honourary Members of the Friends. Mulled wine and a collection followed before guests departed the church and wandered back into the silence of the night.