Classical concert raises cash for St John’s Church in Piddinghoe

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A CLASSICAL concert held to raise money for St John’s Church in Piddinghoe generated around £200.

It featured the talents of Gabrielle Stephens who performed pieces by Tarrega, Villa Lobos and Gasper Sanz.

The historic building was built in around 1095 and boasts one of only three round towers in Sussex.

Friends of St John’s spokesperson Valerie Mellor said: “The recital was a great success.

“Gaby was very pleased and is keen to come again and the audience loved her and her music.

“Icing on the cake - about 50 people came and we made just over £200 pounds for the Friends of St John’s.”

Gabrielle has given solo recitals across the country, as well as collaborating with orchestras, string ensembles and opera singers.

The first reference to St John’s is about 1095, when it comprised just the round tower and Norman nave.

The next two centuries saw the addition of both aisles and the chancel.

Other churches in Sussex with round towers are St Michael’s in Lewes and Southease.

The fish on the weathervane is mentioned by Rudyard Kipling in his poem “Sussex” penned in 1902 when he wrote: “where windy Piddinghoe’s begilded dolphin veers.”

Money raised will go towards the maintenance and restoration of the church.

To join the Friends email valeriemellor@gmail.com.