As I write this, the Friends of Holy Trinity has just presented its 11th event since being founded in September 2013. On Saturday 16th May, we welcomed Birmingham Icknield Male Voice Choir for a rousing concert. The Friends is committed to showcasing a wide variety of engaging events and this concert followed the acclaimed Lichfield Gospel Choir, and – earlier in the year – a candlelit concert with the ancient sounds of medieval music courtesy of The Night Watch.
What separates the Friends from our major re-ordering transformation project is that we are committed to raising money for the long term aim of preserving and enhancing the existing heritage and fabric of our 700 year old parish church. On that score, we are rapidly approaching a £20,000 surplus since we started fundraising almost 2 years ago. To make sure we meet our target, the next event – Midsummer Muse – needs to be a success … and we’re confident it will be a fitting finale to our 2014/15 season! At 7.30pm on the 20th June, this will be a dreamy evening of poetry and jazz in church presented by some of the region’s most talented musicians. Let’s hope the weather stays fair as we hope to spill out into the sunshine for some Pimms during the interval! Tickets for this event are already on sale on this website and concert sponsorship opportunities are available by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Friends committee are busy preparing for their 3rd season and are determined to keep the loyalty of our regulars and push the variety of events into unchartered waters. Events being considered include a touring drama company, a harp ensemble and a fantastic opera group. Following on from the success of the first 2, we hope to present a flagship Royal Town Gala Concert at the start of the season in Autumn. Practically, the season will be split between the church which will close for redevelopment at the end of 2015 and the neighbouring Trinity Centre. The TC enables new possibilities and more intimate entertainment.
We hope you’ll stay with us on the journey into our 3rd year and are very appreciative of both our annual subscribers and the generosity of our Lifetime members. Of course, the wider aim of the Friends is to make the church building - and the congregation within it - to be a more prominent and accessible part of the Royal Sutton Coldfield community. Maybe, just maybe, some of those attending our events might just think that Holy Trinity’s not a bad place to spend a Sunday morning.