Friday Lunchtime Concert

Friday 24th March:
Anna Rosa Mari (flute) & Eira Lynne Jones (harp)

Anna Rosa Mari

Anna graduated with Distinction from the Royal Northern College of Music where she completed her Master in Performance Degree (2012) and Bachelor of Music in Performance, Honours Degree (2010). During her studies Anna received a number of scholarships and awards including a full scholarship from Onassis Foundation and the RNCM, first prizes in the Mediterranean Youth Competition, the Mozart G Major Concerto-Cadenza Prize at the International Flute Convention in Manchester and Recital Prizes from the RNCM.

Since then, Anna has been enjoying an exciting career performing throughout the UK and collaborating with various ensembles and orchestras in the country and around the world. As a soloist, her recent solo concertos include a flute concerto tour with the European Union Chamber Orchestra in Egypt where she performed A.Vivaldi's Concerto, 'La Tempesta Di Mare' and had the pleasure of giving a masterclass for the flute students at Cairo Conservatoire. Anna regularly gives solo and chamber music recitals, with most recently at King’s Lynn Festival, which was reviewed as ‘enthralling playing that captivated the audience’.

Particularly interested in contemporary music, Anna has played with renowned ensembles such as Psappha, Manchester's Premier Contemporary Ensemble, and has performed as a soloist in various festivals, including at the internationally acclaimed Stockhausen Festival at Onassis Cultural Centre.

As an orchestral player, Anna has worked with the BBC Philharmonic, the European Chamber Orchestra and the British Sinfonietta among others and she is a fixture as an extra with the Hallé Orchestra and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.  At the age of 22 Anna was appointed solo flute of the Chamber Opera of the Greek National Opera in Athens. Since then she has freelanced with the leading orchestras in Greece. As a soloist Anna has appeared on commercial recordings and broadcast on BBC, S4 and Rai Uno (Italy). With interests spanning all musical genres, she has done session work and recordings for albums for artists such as Flux Pavilion and has performed in the Orchestra of West End’s; The Lion King-The Musical; Official UK Tour, playing flute, piccolo and a range of ethnic wooden bansuri flutes and panpipes.

Interested in Outreach to the Community Projects, Anna works with organisations such as Hallé SHINE and Music in Hospitals delivering creative workshops and performances around the UK. Last year, Anna Rosa returned from India where she performed Mozart’s D Major Flute Concerto and worked with the charity organisation, Keys of Change. As well as giving solo and chamber music recitals, she delivered workshops with children in underprivileged areas around Kolkata and Howrah and coached the children of the Kolkata Youth Orchestra leading to Kolkata’s ‘most vibrant classical performance in the past 40 years’.

Eira Lynne Jones

Eira is Head of Harp Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester, where her students regularly achieve success through competitions, awards and orchestral positions. She directs the RNCM Harp Ensemble and notable performances include under the dinosaur at the Natural History Museum, London for European Music Day; 20 harps for a John Cage Festival at the Baltic Gallery, Gateshead and a live broadcast at the Huddersfield International Contemporary Music Festival. Born in Wales, Eira graduated from the RNCM having won numerous prizes, including a Welsh Arts Council Award and a Guinness Foundation Scholarship. She gained a Masters Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, New York, studying with Kathleen Bride. She has been Guest Artist at the Denmark Harp Festival, Eastman School of Music (USA), Edinburgh International Harp Festival, Thessaloniki Conservatoire of Music (Greece), Malmo Conservatoire of Music (Sweden) and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. In addition, Eira is a regular player with the Hallé Orchestra, Opera North, BBC Philharmonic, and was Principal Harpist for Northern Ballet Theatre for 8 years. She has published several volumes of harp music; released her solo CD “...from within”; appeared on Coronation Street; recorded for the heavy metal band Venom; and in her spare time..... is learning Greek!


The concert begins at 12.30pm. Tickets for the concert are £5* and are available on the door. You can join us at 11:30 for soup and a roll if you would like some lunch before the concert.

The church and its shop/café (The House on The Rock) are also open all day, so you are welcome to browse amongst books, cards, gifts and CDs or enjoy light refreshments before or after the concert.


Forthcoming concerts:

  • 31st March  Samuel Jackson (baritone), Chelsea Burns (Mezzo-Soprano) & Xi Zhang (Piano)
  • 6th April    Black Dyke Band 7:30pm
  • 7th April Maya Irgalino (piano)

  • 14th April GOOD FRIDAY 'Come and Sing: Fauré Requiem' 

  • 21st April Marie Stratigou (piano)

  • 28th April Ann Wilkes (soprano), Ryan Hunt (tenor) & Rachel Fright (pianist)

  • 5th May FOUNDER’S DAY

  • 12th May Benny Hui (piano) & Yingying Han (Cello)

  • 19th May Chetham’s School of Music

  • 26th May Jill Crossland (piano)

  • 2nd June Gillian Blair (saxophonist) & David Gibson (piano)

  • 9th June Joseph Gawley (voice & piano)

  • 16th June Edward Foster (classical guitar)

  • 23rd June Chetham’s School of Music

  • 30th June Neil Crossland (piano)

  • 7th July Gamal Khamis (piano)

  • 14th July Marc Murray (organ)

  • Break for Summer

  • 8th Sept. Phillip McCann (cornet) & Simon Lindley (organ) 

  • 15th Sept. Alexander Mitchell (Viola)

  • 22nd Sept. Tom Evans (Trio Volant) - clarinet, oboe & bassoon

  • 29th Sept. James Girling (guitarist)

  • 6th Oct. Melia Duo, a saxophone and percussion (Hannah Fry and Alex)

  • 13th Oct. The Kell Wind Trio



Many of our artists return each year to perform for us, however we are always interested in hearing from new talented musicians. 

If you would like the opportunity, please send a short CV and contact details (address, phone and email) to the Marc Murray, Director of Music

We are able to pay a modest fee to those who perform.


*Admission is normally £5.00, but occasionally this may be increased for a particular concert. Pay at the door and get a programme of the music, biographical details of the performers and advance notice of future concerts.