THE 44th annual music festival in Pinner got under way on Tuesday night, but there are still plenty of opportunities to catch performances that are part of the week-long fundraising event.

Following the success of last year's series of shows, which raised more than £9,000, Pinner Parish Church, in Church Lane, is hosting yet more musical talent.

The Pinner Parish Church Musicians were first to perform on Tuesday, with a varied programme of music to celebrate the anniversaries of Purcell, Haydn and Mendelssohn.

Yesterday there was an instrumental performance from duo Mandala - harpist Lauren Scott and Alison Stephens on the mandolin.

An afternoon recital is scheduled for 1pm today (Thursday), which includes an hour of beautiful singing by acclaimed countertenor David Gould, followed by Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A major. Tickets cost just £5.

Later, from 7.45pm, there is a concert by members of English National Opera and The Royal Opera. As well as opera standards, they will perform lighter songs by Gilbert and Sullivan and ballads. Tickets are £10 (concessions £8).

Tomorrow, the quintet Chaconne Brass presents music from across the centuries (tickets £12, concessions £10) and the Pinner Festival Choir and Orchestra wrap up the proceedings on Saturday in grand style, with Mendelssohn's oratorio, Elijah (tickets £10, concessions £8). Both concerts start at 7.45pm.

Funds raised by the festival, which has been organised by Michael Turvey, will go towards a dementia charity that trains and supports Admiral Nurses, who are specialists in the care of people with dementia.

Tickets and detailed programmes are available from Kitts Travel (020 8429 2323) in Barters Walk, Pinner, Insight Opticians (020 8866 5399) Bridge Street, Pinner, or on the door.

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