In April 2017, I started a project to play my cello in all of Suffolk’s approximately 500 medieval churches. On 26th September 2020 I will complete this project with a concert in St Bartholomew’s church, Orford, which will be my final church.
During my project I have written about every church, which has been as much, if not more, of a challenge than playing in all of them! It has been an amazing discipline, and has made me realise just how many wide-ranging topics there are to think about on such a venture… I have not attempted to cover all the architectural or historical aspects of every church or village; I am not qualified for such a job, and it has been carried out skilfully by many others. Rather, these are personal accounts accompanied by photos, covering impressions; reflections triggered by sights and sounds; meetings with strangers, acquaintances and friends; chance happenings; and, of course, church acoustics and music making.
You can read the introduction to my project here to discover how and why it began, and read the latest Suffolk church blogs here. Alternatively, if you would like to read them in order, every instalment after the introduction is numbered: Suffolk churches 1; Suffolk churches 2; etc followed by the names of the churches contained in that instalment.
If you would like to find a particular church to see if I have visited yet, please use the search box on the right-hand side of this page, or in the top right-hand corner of any page of the website. (Please be aware that if I have visited a church in the last few weeks, I may not have finished my write-up yet).
At the bottom of each blog, there is a Donate button like the one below which takes you to my Justgiving fundraising page for The Suffolk Historic Churches Trust, The Churches Conservation Trust and the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. If you enjoy my blogs, please do consider making a donation! It would be great to reach my target of £1000 for each charity by the time I finish my project in September.