Jools Holland Presents… A Concert For CCT Churches

11th September 2020
Free – donations welcome
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Join Jools Holland and CCT for a virtual concert filled with talented artists, dedicated to historic churches

The Churches Conservation Trust's historic churches are used for a wide range of activities including live music and theatre performances; this is why the CCT (with the help of their supporters, church groups, and the trust's vice president Jools Holland) have created this virtual concert fundraiser with the aim of bringing their communities back together as the churches start to re-open to the public once again.

The concert will include a fantastic mix of wonderful and talented artists who have dedicated performances both past and present to their local church, throughout the virtual concert fundraiser there will be various ways to ‘donate’ towards the care of these buildings and the Churches Conservation Trust.

The concert will feature performances covering a wide variety of genres. Fans of the violin and classical music will enjoy a live recording of John Matthias and Declan Daly’s ‘After the Lockdown’, filmed at St Thomas’ church in Bristol. As well as Ensemble Reza’s performance of the Scherzo from Brahms’s String Sextet No 1, captured at St Johns Church in Chichester and harpist Sharon Lewis’s rendition of ‘Hine e Hine' filmed live at the Church of The Holy Sepulchre, Warminghurst.

Amun-Ramen’s ‘Alive Again’, recorded in St John’s Church in Bristol will appeal to jazz enthusiasts, while soft rock fans have performance’s by Ålesund and Fairport Convention to look forward to. Sometimes folk, sometimes not duo India Electric Co., who have performed in CCT churches across South East England have also contributed to the virtual concert with ‘Without Lisa’, recorded in St George’s Church in Esher. The evening event will also include performances from singer songwriter’s LYEN, Aphrah and Leo & Marianne, a selection of theatrical songs from This Is My Theatre, as well as a classical guitar piece from Mark Hussey. Jools Holland will also be performing as part of the concert, for his local community and St James’s Church in Cooling, which is in the care of CCT.

How to get involved:

The easiest way is if you navigate to CCT's post for the Virtual Concert on Facebook and select 'Get Reminder' and/or go to CCT's Youtube page and click 'Set Reminder' under our most recent video. This will allow Facebook or Youtube to remind you when the performance goes live - provided that you are logged into your Facebook or Youtube account.

Then, when the Virtual Concert is published at 7.30pm on Friday 11th of September go to our Facebook or Youtube page and enjoy.

This event is free to watch, we hope that you like them and that you might consider making a donation to help us protect and care for our growing collection of historic churches. We never ask for card details to watch or access our online events and they are only available live on our Facebook or Youtube pages. Please do not follow links to an external website.

If you enjoy the Virtual Concert please consider making a donation to help us hit the right notes in caring for our historic collection of 356 churches. Text 'CCT' to 70970 to give £5, or 'CCT' to 70191 to give £10, or donate online at

Photo Credit: Felix TW

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