Suffolk churches 175: Trimley St Mary (September 2020)

St Mary’s, Trimley St Mary
Trimley St MaryMy planned July concert at Trimley St Mary church – now the Two Sisters Arts Centre – was moved to September, with a limited live audience and a larger virtual one. I changed the programme and my co-conspirators: Rachel and Steve would join me on oboe and bassoon respectively. It needed to be easy to arrange and relatively pressure-free for all of us, and, most importantly, I wanted to be in the company of good friends. I needed to rediscover the joy of practising, rehearsing and performing even in the context of arm troubles and my accompanist’s, James’, absence.

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Suffolk churches: concerts and events

Below you can find a list of past concerts and events. My 2022 concert calendar has now moved here.


Friday 9th July 1.15pm. St Margaret’s, Lowestoft. Informal concert.

Saturday 10th July 2pm. Pakefield church (Lowestoft). Informal playing.

Saturday 10th July 4pm. Kirkley church (Lowestoft). Informal concert, repeat of 9th July.

Sunday 18th July 9.30am. Communion service in Eriswell church.

Tuesday 20th July, 7.30pm. Concert in Fornham All Saints church with Rachel Chaplin (oboe).

Friday 6th August, 7.30pm. Concert in Creeting St Mary church with Steve Lock (bassoon).

Sunday 22nd August 3pm. Concert in St Mary’s church, Ickworth, with Rachel Chaplin (oboe) and Steve Lock (bassoon).

Tuesday 24th August 12.30pm. Concert in St Peter’s church, Sudbury, with Steve Lock (bassoon).

Monday 30th August, 2pm. St George’s Hall, Thwaite. DIY village picnic with cello music in the ex-church!

Saturday 4th September, 4pm. Concert in Orford church. Bring a picnic for afterwards! My 504th and final Suffolk church! Programme: Schubert String Quintet in C major with Florence Cooke and Rosie Lowdell (violins), Kurosh Davis (viola) and Sheida and Yalda Davis (cellos).

CANCELLED Saturday 25th September, 2.30pm. Concert in Moulton church with Christopher Moore (keyboard).

Sunday 31st October. Performance (12 noon) at Community Apple Day at Wakelyns, Metfield. Movements from Britten’s 3rd suite for solo cello. Entry free but booking essential (see website).

CANCELLED Saturday 6th November, 7.30pm. Concert in Fornham St Martin church.

Friday 12th November, 7pm. Concert in Great Blakenham church with Christopher Moore (keyboard).

Saturday 4th December, 5pm. Concert in Rede church with Christopher Moore (keyboard).

Tuesday 14th December, 1pm. Lunchtime recital in St Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich, with Andrew Leach (piano). Bach viola da gamba sonata no. 1 in G major and Mendelssohn cello sonata in D major. This concert will be livestreamed: go to and click the ‘livestreamed concerts’ button or (if the website still isn’t working) go directly to

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