Long Melford church hosts concert in aid of Farming Community Network on Saturday, April 8

The three singers from left are: Lyn Davis, Judith Douglas and Richard Mitchell. They will be singin

The three singers from left are: Lyn Davis, Judith Douglas and Richard Mitchell. They will be singing at Long Melford church in aid of Farming Community Network. - Credit: Archant

Four professional singers will perform a selection of favourites from the musicals, Gilbert & Sullivan and opera on Saturday, April 8, at Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford, in aid of farming charity Farming Community Network (FCN).

Wot Larks!, which starts at 7pm, will feature soprano Lyn Davis.

She sings in the church choir at Lavenham, close to her home in Preston St Mary, and sang professionally with the English National Opera (ENO) as Lyn Cook.

“We have created a programme of well-known numbers such as ‘Nessun Dorma’, ‘The Pearl Fishers’ Duet’ and ‘One Fine Day’ that we thoroughly enjoy singing and that we’re sure the audience will enjoy too,” she said.

“I also love the way in which the church will be lit mainly by candlelight for the concert. The 7pm start, just before sunset, has been decided so that the ambiance within the church will be transformed as twilight turns to darkness outside. I’m really looking forward to the evening, which promises to be great fun, especially with the G & S numbers.”

Scutchers Restaurant, John Coleman Butchers and the NFU Mutual are supporting the concert, which is being organised by Lyn’s husband, Keith Davis, formerly regional agricultural manager for Lloyds Bank and now regional director for FCN. “From hearing my wife Lyn and the others rehearse, I know what great numbers are in the programme and how much the singers are looking forward to the evening. It’s also an important event for FCN, as we anticipate an increase in calls for help as the uncertainties of Brexit begin to take their toll, cash flow is delayed and farm output prices continue to fluctuate,” he said.

Tickets are going well, he said, but with such a large church there was room for more.

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“There will be room for anyone who makes a last-minute decision to come along. We won’t turn you away,” he said.

Tickets are priced £15, including light refreshments during the interval, and are available from the Theatre Royal Box Office Tel: 01284 769505 or e-mail: booking@theatreroyal.org until Friday.