First concert in Hurst’s new-look church
Sixth form musicians have become the first to perform inside Holy Trinity Church in Hurstpierpoint after the completion of its re-development.
Performing a repertoire spanning Arnold, Jolivet and Mozart, six A-Level students from Hurstpierpoint College made best use of the acoustics now enhanced by a makeover incorporating a new gallery and concert space.
The present church was designed by famous Victorian architect Sir Charles Barry who also designed the Palace of Westminster.
A minority of parishioners opposed the re-development, believing the church should remain unchanged.
The re-furbishment has involved creating a new altar platform and moving the font.
A parish office has been created in St Lawrence Chapel in addition to space in the main body of the church for concerts and other social events.
There is a new gallery to accommodate visitors during busy periods in the church calendar such as Easter and Christmas, and there are new heating, sound and lighting systems.
Church Warden Margaret Carey said: “We really want our community to use the church and I hope Hurst is just the first of many schools and groups to come in and use this wonderful space.”