A wonderful performance of classical music was enjoyed by an appriciative audience at St. Mary’s on Saturday 11 September as part of this year’s best ever Rye Festival.
David Willison piano, Anthony Rolfe Johnson tenor, Christopher Richards clarinet and Katharine Willison bassoon filled the old Church with beautiful sounds that would have been much appriciated by the Late Cannon John Williams who was the first Vicar of Rye to introduce musical events into a building that had been previously used strictly for relegious occassions only. His early efforts to bring quality performers to Rye was one of the factors that created the Rye Festival, an event that has become one of the ten best Festivals in Britain.
The Church has rarely looked looked so beautiful. The Flower Festival being held in conjunction with Rye Festival events added even more colour to the occassion, the quality and variety of the exhibits, each one depicting a segment of the church’s year, were splendid. Everyone involved in the organisation and presentation of these events are to be congratulated.
“Rye’s New” October 2004
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