The Phoenix Choir will be in concert at St John’s Church Newport to help raise funds for Carisbrooke Castle Museum on Thursday 30th June.

The choir will once again be singing their eclectic repertoire of songs from musicals, films, and other well-known easy listening compositions.

Carisbrooke Castle Museum is situated within the grounds of the iconic 13th Century castle.  It is a Charitable Trust, separate to English Heritage, and is the only public museum in the UK founded by a member of the Royal Family (HRH Princess Beatrice in 1898).  The Museum collection encompasses 60,000 items relating to the history of the castle and the Isle of Wight.

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In the basement of the museum is a room that was used as a kitchen during the early 1900s when Princess Beatrice was in residence at the castle.  For many years, the area has been closed to the public and used as a museum store, and the room is in a state of some disrepair with both the lath and plaster ceiling and the lime rendered walls crumbling away.

The Museum is fundraising to repair this room, so that it can be open to the public.  When the work is completed, the room will be dressed with kitchenalia (from the Museum’s collection) and used for talks for small groups of visitors, schoolchildren, and disabled visitors.

The concert at St John’s Church on 30th June begins at 19:30. Admission is free with a retiring collection.

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