Prince and Duchess grace Salle church

To many it was just a mild summer's evening in the gentle surroundings of Salle, but for Camilla Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, the main guests of a unique concert organised in the 15th century Church of St Peter and St Paul, the evening was particularly significant.

To many it was just a mild summer's evening in the gentle surroundings of Salle, but for Camilla Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, the main guests of a unique concert organised in the 15th century Church of St Peter and St Paul, the evening was particularly significant.

When Music In Country Churches was first launched 20 years ago, the Prince attended the inaugural concert in the same church at Salle. But the event last night which was dedicated to him for his 60th birthday bore another of his personal marks. The English Chamber Orchestra, of which he is a patron, performed one of his favourite pieces of music, Hummel's Concerto in A Minor for Piano and Orchestra while Claire Jones, his own harpist, performed the second piece of the evening Mozart's Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra.

Arriving outside the church, the Prince and the Duchess were met by the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, Lady Knollys, as well as a number of dignitaries including Alan Wilkinson, music director for Music In Country Churches. Over 600 guests, dignitaries and music lovers had the chance to hear Mozart's Overture to Don Giovanni and the Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra.

The evening concluded with Johann Nepomuk Hummel's Concerto in A Minor for Piano and Orchestra.


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“We were delighted to have Prince Charles at our church” said Roger Fry the churchwarden. “I remember when he first came here 20 years ago. It was an absolutely glorious summer's evening, just like the one we had”.

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