By Harriet Ernstsons Thursday 03 October 2013 Updated: 04/10 07:29
A TOP composer is set to help the church where he got married raise £40,000 for much-needed repairs.
Pianist Francis Grier, who performs across the UK as The Grier Trio with his two daughters, will be putting on a special concert to help raise funds for St Peter’s Church at Abbots Morton near Inkberrow.
As reported in the Standard, a fund-raising committee launched the Bell Tower appeal in September to help fund repairs to stonework of the 14th century tower.
The 58-year-old married wife Anjali there in 1990, having spent some of his childhood in the Redditch area. His father Tony was general manager of Redditch New Town until 1976 when he retired to live in Abbots Morton and Francis’ sister Lynda Payne still lives there.
She said: “I’m absolutely delighted and so grateful to Francis and my two nieces for giving their time to help Abbots Morton church.
“St Peter’s means a lot to them and it will be a very special occasion for all those who know them and remember them here.”
The piano, violin and cello concert will take place at Inkberrow Parish Church, which can hold 250 people, on July 19 next year. Tickets costing £15 are available from Lynne Pemberton on 01386 792549 or visit www.abbotsmortonbelltower.co.uk for more information about the appeal.
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