Popular summer concert silenced by Covid-19 returns to Ribble Valley church for first time in three years

A concert, that was an annual highlight in a Ribble Valley village until covid struck, is to return for the first time in three years.

By Sue Plunkett
Tuesday, 24th May 2022, 3:01 pm

The annual summer concert has been a feature in the Downham calendar for over 10 years and next month the music will return to St Leonard's parish church featuring the Lancaster Singers.

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Church warden Philippa McFall said: "Worship here was unbroken for nearly 1,000 years until covid forced closure followed by a period of limited congregational singing, even then with shortened hymns, until very recently.

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The annual summer concert has been a feature in the Downham calendar for over 10 years and next month the music will return to St Leonard's parish church featuring the Lancaster Singers.

"We were extremely pleased to have full-length hymns and singing by over a hundred people recently at the Baptism of Alexander Luca Jeffries”.This year the concert is on Saturday, June 11th at 7-30pm. The programme, entitled “Darkness and Light” includes a range of items from classic to modern, from Bach to Rogers and Hart.

There is a link on the church website to buy tickets or ring Barbara Lewis on 01200 440925.