Belle Canto at St. Mary’s church, Shinfield

This event popped up on the WhereCanWeGo website last week. This is a website that I regularly use to find my trips out. The Belle Canto trio were performing at St. Mary’s church in Shinfield. Advertised as a free event (with retiring collection) with a light lunch afterwards seemed just too good to miss.

St. Mary’s, Shinfield, is a small church with a history that dates back to 1069. Inside the stained glass windows came alive with the low winter sun shining through from outside. I took a my place at one side of the church. Then the remaining seats quickly filled up.

The Belle Canto trio then proceeded with a concert of delightful melodies, all with a Valentine’s theme. Including both romantic and funny pieces, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

After the concert there were bacon sandwiches and sausage rolls available as the promised light lunch. Scrummy! I was then able to meet the trio and their pianist David and thank them for the performance. Before leaving I was able to look around the church building.

Access was interesting because there are two small paths from the road and if you pick the wrong one you get to a door which is not open. Taking the other path and you get to the main entrance which is a Norman doorway and the oldest part of the building. There must be a life lesson there somewhere. A small ramp allowed easy wheelchair access and inside it was flat. Although the seating was pews everyone was very accommodating to my needs. Entrance was free as advertised with a jar for collecting donations.