Ready for icing on the cake?

Irene Reed’s scrumptious cakes are recognised as one of several great attractions at the Meon Valley Orchestra’s annual charity concerts.

For the last five years, Irene, jokingly referred to as the Mary Berry of Fareham, has delighted concertgoers at the United Reformed Church, with her mouth-watering culinary delights. These tasty treats are included in the price of admission (a paltry £10 per head). Little wonder that this knockout combination of the MVO’s popular classical music and free refreshments contributes to full houses at these yearly performances.

So, here is the menu for the MVO concert of Saturday 2 March. For starters, to tickle the senses in this year’s programme is Handel’s Suite Number 1 from his Water Music, the film music from The Big Country and Arthur Sullivan’s Gondoliers Suite.

The main course includes Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture and Pirates of the Caribbean and Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto.

There are amuses bouches thrown in with every course like Herold’s Clog Dance, The Pink Panther and Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance.

Finally, for pudding comes a Nineteen Twenties medley. At the end, instead of a cheese board and especially for Jean-Paul Junker, there is that musical bombe surprise, The Dambusters’ March. If music be the food of love, play on!

Stuart Reed

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