Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall guests of honour at Music in Country Churches concert, at Thornham

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were last night guests of honour at a charity concert at a Norfolk church.

Thornham's Church of All Saints was the venue for a performance of Beethoven, Prokofiev and Mozart by the English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Kazuki Yamada, under the banner of Music in Country Churches.

Proceeds from the evening will help fund the installation of heating at the church at Salthouse.

The Prince and Duchess were met outside the church by the Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk, Richard Jewson. A small crowd of wellwishers lined the pavement outside the church.

Mr Jewson presented Colin Sampson, Mayor of West Norfolk, and his wife Susan; Phil Gormley, Chief Constable of Norfolk, and his wife Claire; the Hon Mark Bridges, chairman of the trustees of Music in Country Churches, and his wife the Hon Mrs Mark Bridges; and Alan Wilkinson, trustee and honorary music director of Music in Country Churches, and his wife Rosemary.


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The Royal couple were also introduced to the rector, the Revd Christopher Wood, and churchwardens Charles Milner and Janet Needham, before taking their seats for the performance.

Music in Country Churches was set up as a charitable trust in 1989 with the active support of the Prince.

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It aims to arrange concerts in rural churches of exceptional beauty and interest, and raise funds towards the costs of their repair and maintenance.

More than 450 people attended last night's concert. The programme included Beethoven's Overture: Coriolan Op 62, Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No 2 in G minor Op 63, and Mozart's Symphony No 39 in E flat.

Later today, the Prince and Duchess are expected to tour the Sandringham Flower Show. Follow links for previews and picture galleries.

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