A CONCERT to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the discovery of Newport’s Medieval Ship is set to take place next Saturday.

An Evening of Music on a Maritime Theme has been set up by the Friends of the Newport Ship and will feature classical music performances from St Woolos Sinfonia and classical pieces such as Handel’s Water Music.

The Newport Medieval Ship was discovered 15 years ago on the west bank of the River Usk during the build of the Riverfront Theatre – which is where the performance will take place.

Charles Farris, patron of the Friends of Newport Ship said the concert is one which is not to be missed.

He said: “You can’t overstate the value of the Newport Ship. It’s the only one of its kind and it’s unique. We are delighted that we have come along 15 years now and the project is making very good progress.

“We are starting to get some of the timbers back in numbers and we will soon to be able to begin to re-construct elements of it.

“It’s a very special birthday and to be able to celebrate it actually on the site where the ship was found in absolutely wonderful. If it wasn’t for the theatre and theatre having an orchestra pit she would have never been discovered.

“It’s great to also hold this event and have a fantastic local orchestra perform as well. It will be a fantastic night.”

James Leney, of the St Woolos Sinfonia, added: “We are very excited to have a platform for the St Woolos Sinfonia to play. We are an amateur orchestra with a professional input. We hold several concerts a year and will be joined on the 19th by conductor Tianyi Lu.

“It will be great to be part of this event.”

An Evening of Music on a Maritime Theme takes place on Saturday, August 19 at The Riverfront Theatre.

Doors will open from 6.30pm with the performance commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets for the event cost £20 and include a glass of wine or alternative soft drink at reception.

To book tickets, contact The Riverfront Theatre on 01633 656757.

Alternatively people can visit tickets.newportlive.co.uk to purchase a ticket.