Celebrated vocal group perform in aid of Newmarket church

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Newmarket’s St Mary’s Church will be playing host to one of the world’s most celebrated vocal groups who will be singing to help raise funds to repair the church.

Twice Grammy-nominated Stile Antico will be in Newmarket as part of their tenth anniversary season tour on Friday March 27.

The church has been awarded Lottery grant of £97,100 and last autumn received a ‘development’ instalment of £7,700, to help with its plans.

Now the church needs to raise a further £6,000 so the Lottery will progress with the remainder of the main grant.

Janet Ramsay Helie, concert organiser, said: “Stile Antico performed a concert at St Mary’s five years ago and we’re very lucky to get them back.

“They have been touring in the United States and are now internationally acclaimed.”

The 12-piece ensemble focuses on 16th and 17th century polyphonic music, tackling works from a variety of composers. The group is praised for its programming, which helps to shine new light on Renaissance music.

Tickets, which are £22 (£20 concessions) are available from Newmarket Tourist Information in The Guineas, Balaam’s Music in Bury St Edmunds, or call 01638 603489.