ALL Saints Church in Victoria Square, Penarth has been welcoming musical performers of all kinds to provide lunchtime entertainment for more than fie years.

Monday this week saw the first of this year's autumn season of concerts where the church presented Barry Community Choir, conductor Emma Arscott and accompanist Sian Davies.

Barry Community Choir was founded as Barry Choral Society following the 1968 National Eisteddfod in Barry by musicians who formed the Eisteddfod Choir that year. Initially under the baton of Clifford Bunford and later conducted by Douglas Baxter, the choir performed many of the major works of the choral repertoire and several less well known works. Following Douglas' retirement in 2001, the choir began to suffer a decline in numbers, which led to a diversifying of the repertoire.

The choir was rebranded as Barry Community Choir in 2015 and, under the leadership of conductor, Emma Arscott, the membership has begun to increase again.

The choir meets in Crossway Church in Barry on Wednesday evenings and all are welcome to join. There are no auditions and no previous choir experience is needed.

The concert saw many people turn up to enjoy the music alongside a variety of refreshments.

Dafydd Jones, administrator of the Parish of All Saints Church and organiser of the Music at Lunchtime programme of concerts, said the concert was a great way to start the season.

He said: "An enjoyable time was had by all - audience and performers who have, by the way, expressed a willingness, nay an enthusiasm, to come back for a return match next year.

"After welcoming the audience and thanking them for their attendance, I introduced the Town Mayor, Cllr Jon Luxton who spoke briefly about Music at Lunchtime, the Barry Community Choir and All Saints Church also expressed a desire to come back for other concerts in the future.

"The choir performed a most enjoyable pot-pourri of songs from the shows amongst many others and ended up with a foot-tapping medley of World War One favourites. All in all, a heart-warming programme of music, appreciated by everyone."

This year’s autumn programme of recitals at All Saints Church continues throughout October and November with an exciting mix of vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles.

All Saints Church is accessible to the disabled and the elderly and also boasts creche facilities. Refreshments, including teas, coffees, cold drinks and cake are offered on the gallery and the audience is welcome to bring along their lunch to the concerts.

Full details of the autumn programme of concerts can be found on posters around Penarth and also on the church’s website -