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Against the backdrop of the beautiful Church of St Nicholas Standish, a sublime programme of Vaughan Williams and Debussy, Saint-Saëns and Ysaÿe, Rachel Clark and Liz Lane, was performed to perfection by Hannah Roper on violin, Valeria Kurbotova on harp, with mezzo-soprano Rachel Roper on 13 May. Included too was a magnificent rendition of Monti’s Czardas by Nicole Penlington, a student of Hannah’s.

All this was in aid of Friends of Gloucester Three Choirs’ initiative to support the new Festival Voices in this year’s festival.

We are so grateful to Louise Nicholson for hosting this concert in the church which adjoins her garden where the audience were treated to a drinks reception and supper after the concert.

Louise produced a superb supper for over 50 people and held a raffle with some amazing prizes to entertain her guests. A considerable sum was raised in support of the Three Choirs Festival 2023 in most convivial surroundings.