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Last Concert, but First Class    (01/07/2000)

The newly created Thames Valley Sinfonia

On Friday 30th June the last concert of the Methodists' 'Friday Night is Music Night' was held at Holy Trinity Church.

There was a very varied and enjoyable programme of both orchestral and choral works, which featured Faure's Requiem, Handel with Excerpts from the Messiah, Schubert's "Unfinished Sympony", Grieg's Peer Gynt suite, and Vaughan-Williams' Fantasia on Greensleeves.  Then for the grand finale Handel's Hallelujah Chorus. 

The Thames Valley Sinfonia were the orchestra for the evening along with combined choirs and singers conducted by Toby Cruse with Sandy Johnstone, Soprano and John Bettley, baritone. 

The series of Friday night concerts are in aid of improvements to disabled access and facilities at the Wesley Hall, on Lower Road.

The concerts have been a great success, not only in bringing together local musicians, but also in the enjoyment of listening to a huge variety of music.  They would never have happened without the vision and enthuiasm of Toby Cruse and everyone wishes him well for his time at music college and his future career.

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