A YOUNG harpist filled a Shinfield church with the sound of music late last year.
Helena Pizzura played the instrument during a musical interlude before a Carols by Candlelight service held at St Mary’s Church on the Sunday before Christmas.
Her performance was the culmination of the church’s Christmas Tree Festival which had taken place on the previous two days.
A large number of local groups had taken part in the festival, decorating trees and highlighting the work they do in the village.
The church was packed for the service, which saw ytditional carols sung by the congregation while the choir sang some more unusual items.
Two of the choir carols had been composed by the organist, Andy Baldwin and a young choir member Jamie Farrow.
Helena’s performance was not the first time she has appeared at St Mary’s.
She performed at a new lunchtime concert series in November.
Now the church is preparing for next month’s event.
Held on the first Saturday lunchtime of the month, the February event on February 4 will see Belle Canto perform from noon, with the concert followed by a light lunch. Entry is free, and there will be a retiring collection.
Belle Canto comprises the singers Gabriele McKeown, Heather Sims and Jane Greenshields with pianist David Gillis.
The girls first sang together in 2014 in a charity concert for the newly established Riseley Village Tea Room.
Despite their different musical backgrounds they discovered their common interest in performing different musical repertoire, and founded Belle Canto Trio at the beginning of 2015, since when they have enjoyed singing music of all genres in a great variety of venues.