MUSICIANS from across the country have descended on Dursley to take advantage of one of its most historic buildings.

Dursley Town Hall was filled with the sounds of renaissance music as Gramophone Award-winning group The English Cornette and Sackbut Ensemble ran a workshop on 17th century ornamentation for specialist musicians.

Players came from far and wide, including London, Cardiff, Newcastle, as well as locally.

The impressive ensemble also included international violinist Nicolette Moonan, and BBC National Orchestra of Wales principle trombonist Donal Bannister were among the participants.

Mandy Woodward, who organises the bookings for the building, said: “They loved the town hall - admiring the view, and the acoustic for music.

“They also greatly admired Dursley, especially enjoying the spectacular blossom in the churchyard and a delicious curry in the Dil Raj.

“They all want to come back and use the venue again.”

Dursley Town Trust, which runs and looks after some of the historic buildings in the town, recently launched a fundraising campaign to generate £150,000 for a new glass foyer for the Grade II listed building.

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