The fabulous sounds, performed on the lawn outside the tea rooms – between an enormous Monkey Puzzle tree and a blossoming Magnolia – were complemented by the sudden burst of spring sunshine. Although the music could be heard across the estate, which is famed throughout the world for its mature woodland, camellia and magnolia, hundreds of people were drawn to the lawn to enjoy the two-hour concert.

Tea room managers, Mark and Sonya Rogers said they were delighted with the success of the event and had been inundated with people asking for the dates of future concerts. They explained that one coach-load of visitors had asked their driver if they could stay at Trewithen until the concert was finished instead of moving on to another garden nearby. “This was the first concert of the season,” explained Sonya. “We’ve invited Bugle Silver Band to play here a number of times during the summer and if today is a taste of things to come it looks like it will be extremely popular and I’m going to need to do a lot more baking.” The next concerts at Trewithen will be on 14th June, 26th July 23rd August – 1pm to 3pm on the lawn outside the tea room.