Accordions will be ‘all at sea’ at Shoreham church

Ian and Helen Swyer performing at the 2013 concert

Ian and Helen Swyer performing at the 2013 concert

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SEAFARING songs will be performed in a fun music evening at St Nicolas Church in Shoreham.

All at Sea is the theme for Accordions at St Nics 3, the third concert featuring the sounds of accordion, melodeon and other ‘free reed’ instruments.

Helen and Ian Swyer are back by popular demand with an all-new programme of music in different styles and moods.

John Simpson, church treasurer, said: “Last year, Helen and Ian Swyer organised the second accordion concert at the church and just like the first one, it was a tremendous success.

“The audience was amazed by the power of the instruments, and could not help tapping their feet to the catchy rhythms.

“This time Helen and Ian are being joined by the Horsham Accordion Band, who will perform a range of music with a seafaring theme, from hornpipes to Captain Pugwash.”

Tickets for the concert on Saturday, October 18, at 7.30pm are £3, from the Red Lion pub, Day Lewis Chemist in Brunswick Road, or on the door.

All the money will go to the Friends of St Nicolas, who maintain the fabric of the Norman church.

Accordionist Ian Swyer said: “The emphasis will be on light heartedness and jollity, and there will be well-known tunes that people can sing along to if they wish.”

Helen, who plays the melodeon, added: “Come along and join us for a fun evening – and at the same time admire the architecture of this ancient building. See if you can spot where the medieval masons were also thinking of the sea when they carved some of the stonework.”