Last Friday Bishop Auckland Music Society (BAMS) hosted a magnificent concert in St. Andrew’s, South Church, featuring its wonderful Steinway grand piano, played by two of the UK’s leading pianists, Sarah Beth Briggs and James Lisney, who performed beautifully a programme of easy listening duets including Mozart, Schubert, Fauré, Dvorak and Debussy, frequently featuring tunes recognised by the smiling audience like the signature tune from ‘Listen with Mother’.

People remarked on what a lovely evening was had at St. Andrew’s with much better accessibility than thought possible for disabled. The acoustics are fine and of course to be surrounded by the beauty of such a magnificent 13th Century church is something to cherish. The first concert in our new, but very old, venue was such a wonderful success. This is the beginning of many wonderful Concerts to share at St. Andrew’s. Next Concert is 12th May: 4 Girls 4 Harps. Tickets either from Brian Varley on 01388 606075 or from Brotherton’s Music Shop. Full details on BAMS website.