A CHAMBER music concert will be held to mark the end of a successful year of fundraising by volunteers aiming to redevelop a railway station.

The Dales Chamber Orchestra will perform at Richmond Parish Church next Thursday.

The concert has been organised by the Richmond Station Trust.

Events organised by the trust thisn year have raised £12,500 towards the cost of transforming the town's former station building into a community and business complex.

Proceeds from the concert will be split between the trust and the church.

Trust chairman, Jim Jack said: "We were delighted to be offered the orchestra's services. In promoting the concert in partnership with the church, this represents another venture where the trust has worked with other groups in the Richmondshire community to offer first-class experiences for the people of the area."

The trust had planned to stop holding events at the station from January when builders were expected to move in.

However, a delay means work on the redevelopment may now not start until May or June.

More fundraising events will be held at the station in the meantime. Details will be published in January.

Mr Jack said he still expected the development to be finished by the end of summer 2007.

The Dales Chamber Orchestra, which was formed 11 years ago to bring together talented student musicians taught or living in North Yorkshire, will perform four works.

Tickets for the concert cost £8 adults and £6 concessions, and can be bought from Richmond Tourist Information Office or Castle Hill Books, in Richmond, Green-sleeves, in Northallerton, or White Rose Books, in Thirsk, Alternatively, call (01748) 826612.