The first of a new concert series at St Mary’s Parish Church, Ross-on-Wye was judged a huge hit on Wednesday, April 3. 

More than 70 people took their lunch at 1pm to enjoy the first performance by Chase Baroque, which consists of Tim Cranmore and Jane Warren with recorders, Angie Cranmore with the viola da gamba and Peter Johnson with the harpsichord. They played music by Bach, Frescobaldi, Handel and Soren Sieg.

Organiser Jane Rothery said: “We are keen to establish a tradition of lunchtime concerts; encouraging local people to enjoy a mid week oasis of calm, listening to lovely music in a friendly and beautiful building at the heart of our community.

“They are free and deliberately informal so that people can attend the whole concert or pop-in to  eat their lunch and enjoy the music in the time they have available. 

 “We are very grateful to the Borders and Marches Early Music Forum and the "In the Community" committee run by Rehau and The Masons of Ross Masonic Hall for sponsorship.”

The 50 minute concerts will be taking place on the first Wednesday of every month throughout the summer. 

The Northwick Consort will perform on May 1, Northwick Baroque on June 5, Adrian Taylor’s Organ Recital on July 3, Jill Crossland’s Piano Recital on August 7, Northwick Baroque on September 4 and Ruth Cartledge’s Harp Recital on October 2.