Reporter Jonathan White
A ‘September Serenade’ fund-raising music concert took place on the evening of Thursday 26th September 2019 at St Mary’s Church in Acton, http://www.stmarysacton.com/
The concert featured soprano Jessica Thayer, accompanied by pianist Sally Birkett, who performed show-stopping hits from Puccini to Cole Porter.
Jessica Thayer was educated at Malbank School in Nantwich before embarking upon a music degree. Jessica returns to Italy in mid-October to resume her postgraduate studies.
Event organiser, Stephan Davies, said: “St Mary’s Church in Acton has a reputation for pulling together 'one humdinger of an event' and this was particularly true in the case of this musical evening. Classically trained soprano, Jessica Thayer, supported by her talented pianist Sally Birkett, performed a heart rendering sequence of beautiful arias and entertained over 200 music lovers. The audience was in raptures and spellbound by Jessica's beautiful singing and stunning performance. The audience did not hold back - the applause was resounding and executed with the utmost joy and appreciation. The concert reached its crescendo with a standing ovation. There was much feedback from the enthusiastic concert goers. One audience member described the evening as 'electrifying', whilst others stated that, 'it was an evening to be remembered - always'. The car parks in Acton village were full to overflowing and the atmosphere in the Church was buzzing with excitement.”
Funds raised from the concert will go towards essential repairs to the fabric of St Mary’s Church, Acton, which is a Grade 1 listed church.