Saxophone due set to raise the roof

Ellie Parker, left, and Emma Jones of Element
Ellie Parker, left, and Emma Jones of Element

A saxophone duo are holding a recital in a village church, as a way of saying thank you and to help towards the church roof fund.

Saxophonist Ellie Parker, pictured left, graduated from the world-famous Birmingham Conservatoire last year with a first-class degree.

Ellie, aged 22, grew up in Thornborough and attended Akeley Wood School, where she was head girl.

Now the wheel has come full circle for her. Not only is Ellie back at home with mum and dad Mary and David in Thornborough, but she’s also working as a music teacher at her old school.

On Friday, March 13, Ellie and her saxophone duo partner Emma Jones are holding a concert in St Mary the Virgin, Thornborough, at 7pm.

Emma, aged 21, is in her fourth and final year at the Conservatoire and the duo, who call themselves Element, played at St Mary’s Christmas carol service.

The women want to bring classical saxophone music to new audiences. And Ellie chose her village church because the curate, Rev Gussie Walsh, has kindly let her practise her instrument there.

Ellie said: “I’m so lucky I get to practise in the church. It’s a really interesting place to play.

“But they’ve got a big hole in the roof and I know, because I practise there, that it’s very cold.”

The girls will donate all the money made from selling drinks and the retiring collection to church funds.

Tickets £5 on the door.