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Pipe Up – The St Martin-in-the-Fields Organ Restoration Appeal launched

News St Martin – Talking Points

Wednesday 3 October 2012

The St Martin-in-the-Fields Organ Appeal was launched on Monday evening by the Choir and Organists of St Martin’s. Since Handel played the opening recital on the church’s first organ music has been central to the life of St Martin’s, and with our on-going lunchtime concerts series and choral education programmes we are opening the door to a future wealth of musical talent. The Organ Appeal aims to raise £65,000 to ensure we continue the wealth of music making that happens here. 

Much of the music which delights worshippers and concert-goers emanates from our magnificent organ which was built by J.W. Walker & Sons in the 1990s. It is considered one of the finest in London and was awarded The Carpenters’ Award (by the Carpenters’ Company) for the quality of its case work. After 20 years of excellent service, the main organ is now due for major refurbishment and at the same time some beneficial adjustments will be made, to further refine the sound of the instrument.

We are also looking to replace our chamber organ and commission a beautiful handcrafted instrument by the renowned builder Robin Jennings. This instrument will be larger than the one currently used allowing for a greater flexibility in our choice of repertoire and will enhance St Martin’s reputation for fine performances of baroque and early music.

The organs are a much loved part of both our church and concert life. Please help us to secure our musical heritage. Our fundraising target for our organs is £65,000.

Read more about our organ and the appeal.